By Dorcas Jonah
Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, on Saturday challenged Nigerian athletes to go for gold on the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Oyo-Ita stated this at an Award Dinner for 2017 Retirees of the Ministry of Youths and Sports and athletes who received medals for Nigeria in 2017 on the Abuja National Stadium.
According to her, “I’ve all the time been delighted on the efficiency of our athletes at continental and worldwide ranges.
“Success in sports activities doesn’t come straightforward, I due to this fact congratulate all athletes which are honoured tonight in your self-discipline, arduous work and dedication.
“It takes loads of dedication and self-discipline to win a medal in sports activities; I wish to urge you all to maintain these qualities as you put together for the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
“You will prove to the Commonwealth of nations that you are indeed a force to be reckoned with. And I enjoin all of you to go for gold. ”
Oyo-Ita recommended Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youths and Sports, for seeing the necessity to have a good time civil servants who served Nigeria with their energy.
She stated the occasion was a second to showcase patriotic Nigerians who had executed their finest for the nation and likewise to showcase the unity of the nation.
The head of the civil service stated occasion like this celebrating accomplishment was a very good signpost to encourage civil servants nonetheless in service, that honesty and hardwork had been vital.
“To the retired civil servants, being retired doesn’t imply that you’re drained. All expertise gathered throughout your service yr needs to be deployed to your new space of life.
“I enjoin you all to stay worthy ambassadors of the Civil Service even in retirement.
Earlier, Dalung stated the occasion was the ministry’s means of claiming ‘thank you’ to athletes that received medals in 2017 and civil servants that retired within the ministry.
“We are happy with you, in 2017 no ministry carried out higher than the ministry of youths and sports activities.
“We certified for the world cup for the primary time within the historical past of Nigeria, with one match forward.
“We qualified without the usual presidential task force that used to gulp not less than seven billion naira; this means that the ministry has saved Nigeria from losing seven billion,” he stated.
Dalung listed a few of the sports activities that received medals in 2017 to incorporate, scrabble, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Wrestling, Weightlifting.
According to him, in 2015, a Nigeria emerged the world Scrabble champion and in 2017 Nigeria received it once more again to again; it is a nice achievement that’s worthy of celebrating.
“National federations received numerous award that the financial valve shall be monumental. This and lots of extra are why we’re gathered there right this moment to have a good time you,
Dalung additionally recommended the NYSC Cultural Troupe for profitable the dance drama competitors in Sochi, Russian.
Also, President of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Habu Gumel, stated the award for athletes was to encourage them to do extra.
He stated there have been many sport occasions that Nigeria would take part and there was information to encourage the athletes.
Responding on behalf of the athletes, Moses Peter, second finest scrabble participant on the earth, stated that the award would encourage the athletes to do extra and make the nation proud.