Jummai Bitrus, a national senior women’s volleyball player, has expressed her goal to nurture a new generation of volleyball players from Nigeria’s North Eastern region while giving back to the society that propelled her from the streets to fame and success.
Bitrus made this statement during the conclusion of the volleyball clinic for IDPs in Yola, Adamawa state.
The clinic at Malkohi IDP Camp, according to Nigeria’s number one libero, marks the start of the hunting volleyball program in IDP camps in the North East.
“I want to create an opportunity to greatness for the young children in the IDPs. I am trying to give back to the society that brought me out of the IDP camp into stardom.
“I am ready to use the Jummai Bitrus initiative programme to develop hundreds of volleyball players in the North East.”
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. Someone created an opportunity for me and It’s been a dream of mine to do the same for young,” she said.
The NSCDC player commended the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod; the North East Zonal Representative on Nigeria Volleyball Federation, DCP Stephen Hasso, Major General Taritimiye Gagariga, Commodore Mohammed Muye and others for their contribution in ensuring the clinic was a success.
Jummai Bitrus who hails from Adamawa State started out as a player with Adamawa Queens, and rose gradually, first to the National Junior team, then to the highest level; participating at African Club Championships, African Senior Championship and Senior Olympic qualifiers.
It will be noted she escaped from the claws of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists and wandered in the thick forest for days before making it to Burha in Northern Cameroon.