By Eche Amos, Abuja
Following the successful hosting of two consecutive editions of the National Media Shooting Championship in Abuja with over one hundred participants, the Nigerian Shooting Sports Federation, NSSF, is making frantic efforts to stage the first edition of Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS’s) Media Shooting Championship.
President of the NSSF, Brigadier General Lonsdale Adeoye (Rtd), disclosed this to the Media Office of the Federation today in Abuja.
According to General Adeoye said, “We (NSSF) are working on seeing that we host the West African sub-region for the Media Shooting Championship before the end of this year, and that will be the post-Coronavirus pandemic period.
“We have started making arrangements for that. And I want to assure sports journalists, especially in Nigeria, that the Nigerian Shooting Sport Federation will soon go into close discussion with national leadership of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, whose efforts enabled us to host two successful National Media Shooting Championships in 2018 and 2019 respectively in Abuja.”
The retired Army General explained the rationale behind hosting the championship.
“The reason we are planning to stage this first West African Media Shooting Championship is that the sport is relatively not known among the countries in the West African Sub-region, even though it is played in over 170 countries in the world. North Africans dominate this sport inAfrica, so, there is the urgent need for the sub-region to be more informed in order to be carried along.
“We are hoping that when media participants from the other fifteen ECOWAS countries, and Nigeria as the host, take part in this championship, they will return back to their countries to retell the story in their own way and this will really help in creating awareness about the sport to the sub-regional citizens.
“Also, we want to start recruiting sports journalists who will distinguish themselves during the championship into our folds to represent Nigeria to win medals. These sports journalists won’t only shoot with their pen, but they will also literally shoot in the sport.”
The NSSF President revealed that he had already begun discussions with Presidents of the sub-region’s national federations, describing Nigeria as a fertile ground for the survival of shooting sport in West Africa as it’s blessed with abundant talents who can be global champions.
“When I echoed this idea to Presidents of the different national federations within the sub-region, they were so happy about it and they told me they were looking forward to it. Interestingly, too, the African Shooting Sport Federation(ASSF)and International Shooting Sport Federation(ISSF)are putting their searchlight on us to know what next step we are going to take to actualize this noble course.
“Of great importance is that we(NSSF)want the world to know the potentials that abound in Nigeria, for the world to know that Nigeria is an emerging force, blessed with population, educational wherewithal, and capacity to achieve anything they so desire.
Asked why the NSSF has not started carrying out any programmes this year, General Adeoye said, after hosting an emergency board meeting last month(March), it was agreed that more emphasis should be focused on the publicity of the sport, organization of local shooting championships and massive grassroots talents hunt to enable the federation identify medal hopefuls for both national and international championships.
“Currently, we seeking the collaboration of well-meaning individuals and organizations to upgrade and expand the shooting the Shooting infrastructures to meet global best standard. We are also seeking the support of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to enable us achieve our set goals and objectives”, he expressed.
Shooting sports is a collective group of competitive and
recreational sporting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in shooting which involves the art of using various types of ranged weapons in forms such as handguns, rifles, pistols and shotguns, paint ball game, laser run game, bows and or crossbows.
Prophet Gideon Isah, Kogi Pastor Who Accurately Predicted Obaseki’s Victory
The founder and Senior Pastor of House of Mercy and Deliverance Ministry Lokoja, Kogi state, Prophet Gideon Isah predicted Obaseki victory amidst political tsunami that rocked the state in the recent Gubernatorial election that was held on the 19th of september.
The senior Pastor who is renowned for his accurate prophecies, miracles in the state and beyond was the first prophet to accurately predicted the outcome of Edo governorship election shortly after Obaseki resigned his member from the ruling party, after he was screened by the APC Gubernatorial screening committee.
The prediction came when Gov. Godwin Obaseki is yet to announce his political platform he would be aspiring his ambition under.
According to Gideon, Obaseki victory is not negotiable, despite his political feuds with godfathers in the state
It was recalled that Prophet Gideon Isah had also predicted Gov. Bello supreme court Victory.
Lagos Crash Helicopter, AIB Releases Preliminary Report
A preliminary report on a helicopter crash that occurred at the Opebi area of Lagos State on August 28, 2020, has been released.
The report was made public on Monday (today) by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
It would be recalled that the accident had involved a Bell 206B III Helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-BQW operated by Quorum Aviation Limited.
Specifically, the report revealed that the helicopter had a valid Certificate of Airworthiness as the pilot’s last medical examination was valid till 6th August, 2020.
The report further pointed out that there was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the All Operators’ Letter AOL DG020/20 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
The report also revealed that the chopper had no capability to jettison fuel.
FCTA: Dr. Aliyu Inaugurates Committees On Sales, Distributions Of Agro-chemical Inputs, Charges Them To Work Diligently.
FCT Minister of State, Hon. Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu.
In fulfillment of the Administration’s desire to ensure governance serves the people and to address food security, the FCT Administration has inaugurated two committees on the distribution of grains and committee on the sales of fertilisers and other agro-chemical inputs among others.
While inaugurating the 13-man committees in Abuja, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said the events are in fulfilment of the administration’s desire to ensure that governance serves the people.
A press statement signed by SA Media, Austine Elemue Said the Minister was ably represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, who stated the terms of reference of the committees to includes: “to determine available stock and work out modalities for the sales, and to arrange for the flag-off and subsequent sales of the fertilisers, pesticides and agro-chemicals”.
The Minister equally charged the committee members to work diligently to ensure that the exercise meet its objective, warning that the committees ensure that “grains are released from warehouses, and made available to the residents of the territory in a manner that is free, in a manner that is fair and in a manner that is transparent”.
“I have on behalf of the entire FCT Administration led by Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the singular honour and privilege to welcome those of you from the Area Councils to this event. This morning activities and events are in fulfillment of the administration’s desire to ensure that governance serves the people and that in the true spirit of democracy, governance should be people’s oriented.
“As you are aware, it is an annual ritual practice, that the administration buys off excess harvest from our farmers, therefore, giving them value for their efforts and labour at the end of the season.
And before the new harvest, when prices naturally on the increase because of reduce supply in the market, the administration releases the buffer stocks to ensure that prices are regulated if not drastically lower, for the benefit of the residents of the territory.
“This morning, in the wisdom of the administration, individuals have been carefully selected to be saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring that the exercise meet its objective. That grains are released from warehouses, and made available to the residents of the territory in a manner that is free, in a manner that is fair and in a manner that is transparent”.
The minister also said that the administration would be counting on the wisdom, and the ability of the committee members to diligently discharge those responsibilities.
Speaking on behalf of the committees, both chairmen of the two committees, Mr. Abdul Agbade, who chairs committee on grains distribution, and Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, who chairs committee on fertilisers and other agro-chemicals respectively pledged their willingness to deliver on their mandates.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister of State FCT for the confidence reposed in us and will not toy with it. We will try as much as possible to discharge our responsibilities with the fear of God and in accordance with our terms of reference.
“Residents of the FCT need to be assisted in this trying times. We are just coming out of COVID-19 pandemic and everybody knows the crisis we are facing in food security. The prices of food stuffs are going up in the market and the people need to be assisted. We will do our best to ensure that these grains are sold to the people in need,” he assured.
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