The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says addressing the issue of access to mortgage financing is the panacea to housing delivery challenge in the country.
Fashola said this at the opening of the Retreat of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) on Monday, in Abuja.
The retreat is with the theme: ”Strategy Repositing for Optimised Performance, Organisational Culture Change and Informal Sector Integration’’.
According to him, one of the obstacles of access to housing is the one that impedes access to finance, and this must be removed.
“If we fail to remove this impediment, then we will be failing in the reason for setting up the bank.
“There must be something done to help people pays their rents via their salaries, especially the problem of two-three years rent payment demand by landlords in advance from tenants whose salaries come in arrears,’’ Fashola said.
He, therefore, advised the bank to collaborate with the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation contributors’ fund like other commercial banks do.
Fashola added that this would go a long way to finance the mortgage of contributors since there was nowhere in the world that government does 100 per cent housing financing.
While commending the bank’s board and management for the services rendered such as home refurbishment loans and introduction of the rent to own initiative, he charged them to focus the retreat on better ways to serve the people.
Fashola said that performance and repositioning were key to setting up the bank to provide housing services to the people.
On his part, Mr Ayodeji Gbeleyi, Chairman, Board of Directors, FMBN called for the review of both the FMBN and National Housing Fund (NHF) Acts to incorporate increment in the bank’s share capital.
“Give more flexibility in determining share capital structure in line with emerging realities.
There is the case to amend the NHF Act to increase the accretion of contributors to the funds through percentage increase in contributions.
“Source diversification, adoption of initiatives to attract banks and insurance companies and other prospective contributors to participate actively in the NHF scheme.
“The Land Use Act has no specifics provisions for the foreclosure of mortgages and this poses a challenge for investors, as mortgages can take undue advantage of the gap to delay the foreclosure process.
Gbeleyi said to close the gap, states should be encouraged to put in place foreclosure laws through their States Houses of Assembly, adding that only Lagos and Kaduna states had enacted their foreclosure laws.
In his address, Mr Madu Hamman, Managing Director, FMBN said the need to re-focus the direction of the bank was driven by the need to re-align its strategic targets in the light of prevailing economic, financial and social realities.
Also to re-configure the strategy document to incorporate the vision and focus of the bank’s new leadership in implementing Mr President’s mandate for affordable housing delivery to Nigerians especially those in the low and middle income brackets.
“Our collective vision for FMBN in the future is a financially viable and highly adaptive bank capable of adequately coping with the vagrancies of a world transiting, from a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.
“To a brittle, anxious, non-linear and incomprehensible environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergence and unfolding factors.
“To this end, the bank’s strategy document must become the tool for managing a constantly shifting environment as well as one for identifying and utilising opportunities that such challenges may present,” he said.
Hamman said FMBN had therefore adapted “to be the preferred mortgage institution providing reliable and affordable access to homeownership for Nigerian’’ as its corporate vision.
He said that this vision was guided by the mission statement“ to drive the delivery of accessible and affordable homeownership by providing sustainable liquidity, innovative products and services and excellent customer service’’.
Also speaking, Mr Ebilate Mac-Yoroki, President, Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN), said it was imperative for FMBN as one of the virile secondary mortgage market institutions to reposition itself to harness its full potential.
Mac-Yoroki said that the bank should taking cognizance of the current economic realities in the country into consideration while trying to reposition.
”A Board retreat such as this will be ideal to challenge the status quo, tackle difficult issues and forge a camaraderie for the overall benefit of the entire sub-sector.
“The five-year strategy blueprint being articulated by the management demonstrates its commitment toward housing financing in Nigeria.
“In view of the critical importance of the housing financing banking sub-sector to national economic development through its linkages with the money and capital markets and its multiplier effects through spending on housing related materials,” he said.
In a paper presented by the Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan, on `Institutional Turnaround for the Next Level’ advocated continuity in the management of the banks.
According to him, lack of continuity in the persons that manage the affairs of the banks is a major setback for the growth and development of the bank.
Pitan called on the bank to have a strategy informed ambition with clearly articulated and properly defined steps in order to achieve set goals.
He also advised the bank to go for long term borrowing especially from pension funds and be ready to implement any decision collectively agreed upon.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the highlights include, health talk on `Mental Health Epidemic: The Big Effect of COVID-19 by Dr Olusola Ephraim-Oluwanuga, Consultant Psychiatrist.
She advised people to get professional help when they could not manage stress.
NAN also reports that the high point of the event was the official launch of FMBN Corporate Statements by the minister.
Okpanechi Enejo, the Business Manager of Zedcrest Capital Limited has promised to invest in the development of Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) to ensure sustainability and growth in the sport. The manager disclosed this at a news conference at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. According to him , they decided to invest in HFN as their responsibility to give back to the society. “We are giving it back to the society by sponsoring the NHF tournament, the 2022 African Men’s Handball Championship, which is scheduled to hold in Cairo, Egypt from July 9 to 19 . “ At Zedcrest, We decided to choose Handball sports because football sports have al of sponsors. “ What the company saw before venturing into sponsoring the HFN is about corporate society responsibility. “ A corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a form of international private business self-regulation, which aims to contribute to societal goals of a philanthropic, activist, or charitable nature by engaging in or supporting volunteering or ethically oriented practices. “We decided to choose Handball to make the sport well known in every part of the country. “We want to see how we can be part of the development of building handball sports in the country,” he said. He said they will work to provide Handball Gear – clothing and apparel – to players so that they would be well presented. “I will discuss with the management of the company so we can know how we can provide or sponsor the team with accessories. “My advice for the players is for them to be focused, committed to the championship so that they would be able to qualify for World Cup in Poland and Sweden in 2023. “We will ensure more publicity for HFN through our sponsorship,” he said. On his part , The team manager of the HFN, Jibril Ojeh, said with self- determination, the team would make it in the championship. “ We are having the best players, we have players from four different countries that completed our national teams. “ There are two from Isreal, Patrick Nwaiwu and Obinna Ani; Yusuf Faruk from Poland; three from Benin Republic, Emeka Adiegwe, Kingsley Okubuike and Michael Solomon while two from Morocco, Cole Gbenga and Rotimi Victor,” he said. “Although secondary aspect is finance, self motivation and self determination is the keynote to success. “ We are embarking on the journey that about 14 countries will participate, including Nigeria and we want the team to secure a ticket for the World Cup in Poland in 2023,” he said. NAN reports that the team, nicknamed ‘Golden Arrows’, will depart Nigeria on Saturday. NAN reports that 14 countries will participate in the championship in Egypt which is a qualifier for World Cup in 2023 in Poland and Sweden.
South West Queens of Lagos on Wednesday in Abuja defeated Benue Amazons 3-0 in the ongoing 2022 Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF) Super League. In the matches they played previously at the competition, South West Queens had lost three and drawn one matches so far, while Benue Amazons lost all four matches. But on this Match Day 5 of the competition holding at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, South West Queens won to take their points tally to four from five matches. They now sit in the fifth position on the league’s log, while Benue Amazons are with no point from five matches and sit in the seventh position in the seven-team competition. Other women’s competition games played on Wednesday saw Delta Queens beating Yobe Babes 3-1 and Kada Queens defeating IGP Babes 2-0. In the men’s category of the competition, South West drew 1-1 with IGP Flickers, while Police Machine beat Delta Force 7-2. Also, Kada Stars beat Yobe Desert Rollers 4-1, while Stallions beat Niger Flickers 6-2.
The 2022 NHF Super League table log standing as at June 29, match Day 5 in the fixture: Following are the standings in the competition as at Match Day 5: Men’s Competition TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS 1. Kada Stars 5 5 – – 18 4 +14 15 2. Niger Flickers 5 3 2 – 19 6 +13 11 3. Police Machine 5 3 1 1 22 6 +16 10 4. Delta Force 5 2 2 1 9 11 -2 8 5. Yobe Desert Rollers 4 1 1 2 6 8 -2 4 6. South West 5 – 2 3 4 17 -13 2 7. Stallions 4 – 1 3 5 12 -7 1 8. IGP Flickers 5 – 1 4 5 24 -19 1 Women’s Competition TEAM P W D L GF GA GD PTS 1. Delta Queens 5 5 0 – 18 1 +17 15 2. Kada Queens 4 3 1 0 7 – +7 10 3. Plateau Queens 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9 4. Yobe Queens 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 4 5. South West 5 1 1 3 3 7 – 4 4 6. IGP Babes 4 – 1 3 1 9 -8 1 7. Benue Amazons 4 – 0 4 2 14 -12 0 NAN reports that a total of 15 teams are participating in the Super League, with seven of them in the women’s category and the rest eight in the men’s category. (
The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ekiti chapter, has advised Gov Kayode Fayemi to pay workers backlog of arrears as promised during his electioneering campaign in 2018 before the expiration of his tenure on Oct. 15, 2022. The labour union said redeeming such pledge would further reinforce workers’ trust in the APC-led administration in Ekiti and smoothen relationship with the incoming Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji. The union congratulated Oyebanji on his victory in the recently concluded Governorship poll, urging him to be magnanimous in victory by being inclusive in governance and forming robust alliance with opposition, to build Ekiti of his dream. The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that this was contained in a statement in Ado Ekiti after the union’s State Executive Council’s meeting and signed by its State Chairman, Mr Sola Adigun. The council condemned in strong terms, the rate of kidnapping of citizens in the state, urging Fayemi to devise means to curtail the nefarious act, threatening peaceful coexistence and investment drives . Sequel to government’s inability to meet some pending workers’ demands, TUC issued a 21-day ultimatum to government to pay all arrears of salaries, deductions and promotion, failing which industrial harmony could no longer be guaranteed. “The TUC commends the government’s prompt payment of salary since the inception of this outgoing administration in October 2018 till date. However, the TUC reminds Governor Fayemi of his initial promise to offset all arrears payment before the expiration of the tenure. “But we noted with dismay, the refusal of the government to remit the already deducted dues such as co-operative deductions, contributory pension, bank loans repayment, NHF fund, to the appropriate quarters. He said this had made life becoming unbearable for workers. “We equally frown seriously at the refusal of the Accountant-General of the State to continue with cooperative savings update of Ekiti workers, due to the alleged presence of some syndicate operating in her office. “Most members of TUC have not benefited from the new minimum wage after almost two years of implementation in the state. ” We call on the government to implement the minimum wage across the board for all workers without further delay. “We note that the financial backing giving the 2018 – 2019 promotion exercise was selectively implemented. “Hence, we call on government to ensure that others exempted should be immediately captured for financial remuneration. “The TUC also demands that the facilities in the health institution, especially the teaching hospital, be upgraded to meet up with the expected standard of best practice. “Finally, the meeting demands that the government should set machinery in motion within the next 21 days to meet up with the demands, failing which industrial harmony will no longer be guaranteed”. (
The Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) has urged governments to be more sensitive to food and drinks Nigerians consume to stem the spate of cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria. The Executive Director of NHF, Dr Kingsley Akinroye, made the call at a briefing ahead of the foundation’s forthcoming “National Summit on Food, Drinks and Cardiovascular Health in Nigeria: Science, Evidence, Manufacturer and Consumer Advocacy” on Thursday in Lagos. The summit is slated for March 15 at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja. “Food and drink make us what we are and so, our governments need to be sensitive to the food and drinks Nigerians consume,” he said. According to Akinroye, the burden and prevalence of cardiovascular diseases are due to inappropriate food and drink consumptions in Nigeria. “There is no doubt people are catching heart diseases everyday- hypertension, heart attacks, kidney failure, brain diseases, stroke and others. “Non-Communicable Diseases are a rising cause of morbidity and mortality in the country. “In Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 38.1 per cent (76.2 million) Nigerians are living with hypertension which poses the highest cardiovascular health burden. “Studies show that since the onset of COVID 19 in Nigeria, people living with Cardiovascular health problems amongst other Non-Communicable Diseases have been significantly affected and died from COVID 19. “Globally, statistics show that cardiovascular health problems pose a high burden on health systems, an increasing trend that can be controlled by making healthy food choices,” Akinroye said. The executive director of NHF said that if the government had developed and equipped primary healthcare system across the federation, the need for building Teaching Hospitals would reduce. Akinroye said that the summit was in recognition of the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease in Nigeria and the importance of prevention strategies through promotion of healthy diets. He said that it was also to further the endorsement of the World Health Assembly of the Non-Communicable Diseases Action Plan 2020 – 2030 and recommended promotion of healthy diets by member states, International Partners and Non- Governmental Organisations. According to him, the objectives of the summit include, awareness on the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria, looking at current data on national and global trends of the impact of food and drinks. He added that the summit was also to identify intervention measures which could be instituted or are in place as well as to ascertain the roles of the different stakeholders/sectors. Akinroye said that the summit would proffer solutions to curb the scourge of the adverse effect on the cardiovascular health of Nigerians. The NHF boss said that the summit would bring together stakeholders from government, international organisations, civil society organisations, private sector, the academia, researches, consumers and manufacturers. This is with one overriding goal to join hands to create awareness on the importance of food choices on health. He said that NHF would also bring stakeholders in the field of food, drinks, manufacturing and consumer advocacy together to deliberate and to look at how the health of Nigerians could be improved by making the right choices of what we eat and drink. “The summit will help advise all stakeholders and all policy makers at the three arms of government on the acceptable best practice to curb the increased health and socio-economic burden caused by dietary choices,” he said. In her remarks, Mrs Dolapo Coker, Vice Chairman, Technical Committee on the Summit and former President, Nigerians Institute of Food Science and Technology, said: “The science of food is the science of survival. “Food is primary healthcare. It boosts immunity and has all the nutrients that we need for healthy living.” Commenting, Dr Enitan Ademuson, Director of Programmes, NHF, said that there would be exhibition of healthy heart products from various partners of the foundation at the summit. Also speaking, Mr Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Director, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), who was represented by Mr Lekan Edunjobi, said thatthe issue of labelling was critical to MAN to safeguard what people consumed. (NAN)
The Federal Government handed over 76 one-, two- and three-bedroom housing units to the Nasarawa State Government on Monday.
President Muhammadu Buhari handed over the property to the Nasarawa state government in Lafia at the dedication ceremony.
He said the opening was part of the campaign promises made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, and the farm was a fulfillment of that promise.
Buhari, former State Representative for Science, Technology and Innovation Alhaji Muhammad Abdullahi, said the government was able to achieve this with the support of the Nasarawa state government, which provided land to house ordinary Nigerians.
“This is a good example of some development possibilities that intergovernmental collaboration can produce, and with the provision of more land, the Federal Government can certainly do it.
“Of course, the progressive ideals of our government seek to achieve one overriding goal, which is to improve the human condition.
“Certainly we cannot meet every one of those Nigerians in person, but our economic policies and investment in infrastructure like this National Housing Program and others will have a positive impact on many of them.
“It is an opportunity to remember our heroes, the brave Super Eagles to whom our country made the promise of providing homes for winning the 1994 African Cup of Nations, which has not been fulfilled.
“On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I am proud and privileged to fulfill the promise that Nigeria made to these patriotic Nigerians, however belatedly,” he said.
Buhari said he had approved the allocation to redeem pending allocation to 22 Super Eagles members in National Housing Estates located in his choice states.
He said the house keys and title deeds would be handed over at the opening in their states, while the rest of the houses would be assigned to members of the public who want them.
The president said that in the states where the houses were completed, the government had issued maintenance contracts to small businesses to ensure that the properties were maintained and kept in good condition.
Earlier, the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said that it was a source of joy to see many projects completed across the country under President Mohammadu Buhari.
Fashola, who was a Public Housing Representative, Mr. Solomon Labafilo said, “In all 34 states of Nigeria, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, has delivered similar projects with the support of state governors who They provided the land.
“Today in Nasarawa State, we have completed and are commissioning 76 house units comprising of one, two and three bedroom units.
"There are many things to say about this project, from its design to the economic impact to the social impact on this community."
He said the design of the project was the result of the National Construction and Housing Survey conducted to find out the type of houses Nigerians wanted.
Fashola said the survey revealed a frequent need for bungalows in the north and flats in the southern part of Nigeria.
The minister said that all housing units have been offered to members of the public housing portal at https://nhp.worksandhousing.gov.ng/ to ensure that interested people are not hampered, while the allocation will be made on the basis of those who applied.
Also speaking at the launch, FMWH Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chukwunwike Uzo, said that the philosophy behind the NHF was the provision of an affordable, accessible and acceptable pilot scheme as contained in the National Housing Policy.
“The approach to design and use of materials takes into account the cultural and climatic peculiarities of the regions, while responding to the principles of the Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) upheld.
“More than 1,200 construction contracts have been contracted in phases I, II and III since its inception in 2016, and more than 14,500 and 50,140 direct and indirect jobs have been created.
"During this period, the ministry is undertaking the construction of more than 6,000 housing units in 45 sites, of which 2,465 units have been completed in 35 states and FCTs."
Uzo was represented by the Director of Engineering and Zonal Director North Central, Valentine Nweno.
On behalf of the Nasarawa State Government, Governor Abdullahi Sule, represented by Works Nasarawa State, Mr. Muhammed Idris praised the Federal Government for the houses.
He asked for more support and appealed to the government to also intervene in the road sector for the state. (www.anwws.ng)
The Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) has called on government at all levels to set aside a day for the celebration of 'Obesity Day'. Dr Kingsley Akinroye, the Executive Director of NHF, made the call at a news conference organised by the foundation in commemoration of the World Obesity Day 2022 on Thursday, in Lagos. According to him, an obesity day should be set aside to address rising cases of obesity and obesity-related diseases in Nigeria. The World Obesity Day is observed globally every March 3, to create awareness about the dangers of obesity. Akinroye, who noted that the foundation was concerned about the rapid increase in obesity and the risk factors, said NHF was poised to promote awareness on 'walkability' and healthy diets. According to him, local governments, being the closest to the people, must urgently create the awareness and sensitisation at the grassroots to save lives being lost to obesity. "The federal and the state governments should come on board; the local governments should also come onboard and declare a day for Obesity, to sensitise people on the need to focus on what they eat. "We must declare a day when no car will go through a local government: Everybody must walk. There must be no car on that day. We are looking for that day; and that is being done in Nairobi, Kenya every year. "Local Governments are very powerful and we feel that local governments would take this up: Declare a day for World Obesity in which they will walk and encourage people to take fruits. They can even subsidise this," Akinroye said. He said that government could save a lot of funds spent on provision of healthcare, if obesity was adequately addressed. According to him, so many unhealthy lifestyles of Nigerians affect the structure and blood vessels in the body, saying that the biggest blood vessel remained the heart. Akinroye said: "You are what you eat. If you decide to eat food nutrients that are very high in salt and fat, you will pay for it. We have to be careful in what we eat and we should pay particular attention to it. "The blood vessel will pay for it and the number one index is that the blood pressure will go up. Such an individual is a candidate to having health attack, stroke, damaged kidney, kidney failure and other risks." He said that there was the need to also influence the nation's educational systems in the fight against obesity. "The more physical activities we do, the healthier we are likely to be, and the less sitting down we do, the more we we live longer and have a better life," Akinroye said. In her remarks, Mrs Dolapo Coker, the Chairman, NHF Planning Committee on World Obesity Day 2022, said that obesity was being influenced by several factors such as genetic, metabolic, cultural, environment and socio-economic. Coker, who is the former President, Nigerians Institute of Food Science and Technology, said that obesity subjected individuals to a higher risk for serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart diseases and falls. "Obesity can cause long-term devastating illness. In Nigeria, available evidence showed that obesity was gradually increasing, especially among children and youth. "Urban residents, children and youth are noted to be more overweight and/or obese than their rural counterparts. "Nutritional transition characterised by a shift from traditional diets to more high economy diets and less engagement in active transportation and physical activities at home and in school, have been associated with childhood obesity among urban resident children and youths in Nigeria. "Obesity is a major risk factor for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke, cancer and road traffic accidents," Coker said. She added that prevention of obesity involved individuals and policymakers and this included restricting the marketing, to children of food and drinks high in sugar, salt and fats, as well as improving physical activities in schools and other environments. Coker also called for restrictions on sugar-sweetened beverages and high fatty meals, and provision for improved access to affordable home-prepared foods. "In our cities, we need to create space for safe walking, cycling and recreation facilities. Obesity is no more a show of wealth, rather it is a show of Ill-health. "Government, non-governmental organisation, companies, health and education authorities, sports commissions and organisations should develop policies to improve walkability for adults and children, including in housing-estates, towards reduction and elimination of obesity. "Individuals are encouraged to eat five or six servings of fruits and vegetables daily; reduce processed foods from diet, eat whole grain products and walk at least 30 minutes every day," Coker said. She, however, called on everyone to join hands in the fight against stigmatisation faced by obese people. Also speaking, Prof. Olugbenga Ogunmoyewa, the Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Advocacy for Food Safety and Nutrition Initiative (CAFSANI), called for the regulation of food intake, saying that Nigerians must change some eating habits and walk more.
The Federal Government has unveiled the portal for the sale of the completed houses under the National Housing Programme, NHP.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who launched the portal on Friday, in Abuja, explained that portal was opened in all 34 states, including FCT.
According to him, the government introduced the portal to ensure that all Nigerians who are desirous of owning any of the categories of the houses have equal opportunity to apply, own them and also to ensure transparency in the process.
“We urge government at all levels as well as Nigerians to use this opportunity and apply.
“We just converge to introduce the portal for the public to be able to apply for the National Housing Programme online with the website: https://nhp.worksandhousing.gov.ng.
“This will help to implement the economic purpose and blueprint because by the time we are done with this idea, the country will not have problem with the recession and that objective will be fulfilled.
“We have five phases of these projects. We are done with phase 1, and phase 2, we will soon be done with phase 3, and I want to emphasis that this will be the only solution to market these houses,” Mr Fashola said.
The minister added that the houses were in one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms and Duplex categories and the cost ranges from N9 million to N16 depending what a person wants, adding that it was not restricted to NHF subscribers alone.
“We have different types of contractors; first, medium size, which is the businesses own by Nigerians.
“And, there will also be international businesses that will be involved and this will give them the opportunity not only to contribute for the sustainable development and but also to their staff,” he said.
Mr Fashola commended the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN, for being at the forefront of the cooperative housing initiative at the federal level.
He urged the FMBN and Federal Housing Authority, FHA, to utilise the site to dispose their own stock of houses and properties.
Also at the launch, the Chairman, Nigerian Guild of Editor, Isa Mustapha, who logged on to the portal commended the minister for a work well done, adding that the portal was users friendly.
He assured the minister that the guild would help popularise the portal so that as many Nigerians that want to, could apply and buy a home of their choice.
About 5000 houses are ready for purchase in phase 1and 2 in 34 states and the FCT, Phase 3 is underway with Rivers and Lagos States.
NAN also reports that to get started at the application, applicants must have a passport photograph, tax clearance, payslip, and means of identification.
By Victor Okoye
Simon Nkom, the Northwestern representative on the board of directors of the Nigerian Hockey Federation (NHF), emerged in Abuja on Thursday as the new president of the federation, vowing to continue the good work of his predecessor.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Nkom was elected without opposition and that he obtained a maximum of 11 votes to become president.
Sani Kutigi from the north-central zone was also unopposed as the new vice-president after obtaining a maximum of 11 votes.
Nkom, after his victory, thanked the members of his board of directors for the confidence placed in him, adding that his objective was to continue on the good foundations laid by his predecessor.
“I would like to thank my fellow board members for seeing fit to elect me president of the NHF.
“The best part of my life has always been sports, especially hockey, and the point is, I have a passion for sports. So you should only expect a continuation of the legacy of my predecessor.
“I use the word continuation, because I was vice-president of the outgoing board which was skilfully chaired by Senator Abdul Ningi who saw fit to come and give us all his support today.
“Looking at the support we have, it's obvious we have no choice but to be successful,” he said.
Nkom added that he and his board members would work hard to give the federation the necessary support, saying the government alone cannot do the work of running.
“We intend to support government on our small scale and look for other ways to further develop the game.
“Today is not the time for long speeches as we intend to go to work right away and make our work speak for itself.
“My board members and I are fully qualified for the task ahead and we will work hard as a team to ensure we make meaningful progress,” he said.
Nkom also reminded sports journalists of the responsibility to give the board the necessary support, understand its challenges and advise it appropriately to take Nigerian hockey to the next level.
"All hands must be on the bridge to ensure that we take our rightful position, both on the continent and internationally," he said.
By Georgina Adegbie
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare said there was a need to create an appropriate synergy between the private sector and the government to improve the development of sport in Nigeria.
Dare said this Thursday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the Geogojih Foundation training more than 100 children on how to play handball.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the event was organized in conjunction with the Nigerian Handball Federation (NHF) at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
It was used as one of the activities to celebrate Children's Day 2021.
Dare, who was represented by John Joshua-Akanji, his special media assistant, noted that the event was on the agenda of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
“This is a good initiative from the organizers, the Geogojih Foundation, to train children in handball to celebrate and mark Children's Day.
“They (the children) are the hope and the future of this great country. They must be prepared from an early age so that they have the state of mind necessary for the development of sport.
“The ministry wishes the children a happy feast. They need to be encouraged from an early age so that they can be properly prepared for the future. Without these children, there is no future for this country, ”he said.
Sam Ocheho, the president of the NHF, said he was happy to see children playing handball.
He stressed that this gives good assurance to keep the game alive for the future.
"I want to see children playing handball on the road every time I travel from Lagos to Abuja, then to Kogi, I see children playing handball on the side of the road like you always see them playing football," he said. declared the president of the NHF.
Lami Ahmed, founder of the “Lift Up Care” Foundation (LUCAF), a non-governmental organization (NGO), said that sport helps children develop mentally.
“Our organization is 15 years old now and we focus on youth and sport. Sport is one of the ways we use to bring young people together.
“Sport increases their ability to reason. It is a means of development for children.
“In this era of enormous unemployment, training these children offers them an alternative commitment as they grow up.
“We have decided to support sport and handball mainly because it is a game close to our hearts, while young people should be motivated and encouraged to play handball,” she said. (NOPE)(NAN)