The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerian youths to embrace sports as an avenue to express their youthful energies and bring glory to the nation as against engaging in violence.
This is just as Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) led by Engineer Sani Ndanusa says it is restrategizing by leveraging on the abundant sporting talents in the military and paramilitary to ensure a more impressive outing by Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics, having learnt the necessary lessons from the London 2012 Olympic outing.
The Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri gave the charge when the management of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) paid a courtesy visit to his office to drum up support towards mass mobilization and participation in the Olympic Day Run scheduled for this coming weekend.
Mr. Omeri said participation in sporting activities such as the Olympics was in itself worthy of celebration, whether or not one wins laurels. He therefore called on Nigerians to take pride in participating in sporting activities and to channel their passions into sports thereby expressing their views in a healthy and constructive manner.
The NOA boss said the Agency was eager to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the NOC in the area of creating awareness for the Olympic and Commonwealth games and would proudly participate in the Olympic Run Day, urging Nigerians to turn out en masse to participate in the run across the country.
Earlier, the NOC President said the visit was informed by the admiration of the NOC for NOA’s Do the Right Thing campaign which cuts across all areas of our national life. He asked the NOA to bring the campaign to bear in sports by collaborating with the NOC to mobilize Nigerians to show more interest in sports, describing it as the right thing to do.
Engr. Ndanusa further disclosed that the forthcoming Commonwealth Games will be the first major window to showcase the benefits of the rich collaboration between the NOA and the NOC. Commending the NOA Director General for his show of patriotism in agreeing to participate fully in the Olympic Day Run which also features collaboration with the Federation of Public Service Games, Ndanusa charged all Nigerians to learn from Omeri’s example in the interest of sports development in the country.