… NYSC donates 10000 face masks for NSF athletes
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has expressed its eagerness to resume sporting activities in the country as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sportsbay.com reports
This was made known by the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda during the donation of over 10,000 face masks to athletes that will be participating at the National Sports Festival by the National Youth Service Corps.
According to Aduda, it was high time the nation joins the rest of the world in resuming its sporting activities which had been crippled by the COVID-19 virus.
“We are here to receive this donation from NYSC towards sporting activities in Nigeria. The truth of the matter is that we are still working with the government, the Presidential Task Force, NCDC, the Ministry of Health to ensure a return to sporting activities.
“You will agree with me that all the European leagues have opened up, the American League is opening up soon and we think it is time for us to do the same. We need to join the rest of the world. We will not allow the pandemic to disrupt our lives further,” he said.
“The ministry has gone ahead in conjunction with all the federations, the National Council of Sports to put together a very strong code sports COVID-19 protocols and practices. The code is intended to guide sporting activities once we get permission from the government to resume.
“We are working as a ministry to turn sports from the classification as relaxation to a business industry. Sports in Nigeria has a wherewithal to create millions of jobs but until we are able to provide the necessary infrastructure,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aduda while receiving the masks from the corps members, said he was impressed with their kind gesture towards complementing the sports ministry’s efforts at safeguarding the health of Nigerian athletes.
He affirmed that the effort would further complement the local content production championed by President Muhammadu Buhari, even as it would make the Corp members self-employed.
“This memorable event is important to us because of what the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is doing to support local content by giving room for homegrown initiatives.”
It would be recalled that the Ministry had requested for the 20, 000 face masks, but 10, 000 pieces were delivered.
Brigadier General Ibrahim applauded the Ministry for giving the opportunity to the Corps members to contribute towards making the society safe.