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  •  OSMA games avenue to build camaraderie between African countries CDS says
    OSMA games, avenue to build camaraderie between African countries,  CDS says
     OSMA games avenue to build camaraderie between African countries CDS says
    OSMA games, avenue to build camaraderie between African countries,  CDS says
    General news10 months ago

    OSMA games, avenue to build camaraderie between African countries,  CDS says

    By Victor Okoye

    The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Leo Irabor, said the Sahel military games were a way to strengthen camaraderie between the armed forces of African countries.

    Irabor made these remarks during the closing ceremony of the first military games of the CDS OSMA Sahel countries for peace and solidarity, in Abuja.

    He said he was delighted with the organization of the games, adding that his goal went beyond simply winning medals.

    “I am delighted and grateful to Almighty God for allowing DHQ and OSMA to run the games without a hitch.

    “I am reliably informed that all the participants saw themselves well in the respective events in which they participated throughout the games.

    “Without a doubt, the games were worth it and I am impressed by the exceptional commitment shown by all participants in the competition. I want to stress, however, that the focus of the Sahel games is not to win medals or trophies.

    “Its aim is to build comradeship through a forum where the armed forces of African countries can embrace our differences and strengthen our similarities for peace and solidarity,” he said.

    He congratulated the OSMA president, the organizing committee, the sponsors and all who helped make the games a huge success, adding: “With the standard on display throughout these games, I consider you all. like winners ”.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 42km marathon race, which marked the games' highlight, saw Tanzanian Michael Sanga finish in an impressive time of 2:19:39 seconds to clinch gold at men's.

    Ezekiel Ngimba, also from Tanzania, won the silver medal in 2:26:09 seconds, while Cameroonian Foima Justulin with 2:26:43 seconds settled for bronze.

    Fabino Joseph of Tanzania was fourth in 2:30:25 seconds, while Nigerian Husamatu Sanusi was fifth in 2:34:24 seconds. His compatriots Dauda Solomon and Nuhu Mohammed finished sixth and tenth respectively.

    It was another double for Tanzania in the women's category as the duo of Jacqueline Sakilu (2:43:35) and Sisilia Ginoka (2:44:35) took home gold and silver, while Ossou Wakaye from Congo Brazzaville settled for bronze.

    Badmus M from Nigeria, Inah. C and Johnson F, were respectively seventh, eighth and ninth.

    also reports that the Republic of Chad finished victorious in the overall games standings, while Cameroon and Nigeria finished second and third respectively. The games, which began on October 9, ended on Saturday.

    Source: NAN

  •  1st CDS OSMA Sahel military games begin in Abuja
    1st CDS/OSMA Sahel military games begin in Abuja
     1st CDS OSMA Sahel military games begin in Abuja
    1st CDS/OSMA Sahel military games begin in Abuja
    General news10 months ago

    1st CDS/OSMA Sahel military games begin in Abuja

    By Sumaila Ogbaje

    The first Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces / Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) of the Sahel Military Games for Peace and Solidarity kicked off Monday in Abuja with a contingent of armed forces from nine African countries.

    The countries present are Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Chad.

    The news agency of Nigeria recalls the president of the OSMA, the brigadier-general. Maikano Abdullahi, had revealed that about 327 athletes were expected out of 14 counting for the games.

    Abdullahi revealed that the first edition of the game will feature three sports, namely football, golf and marathon, while the second edition to be held in Chad will include, among others, a range of combat.

    While declaring the tournament open, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr Ogboya Onu said the organization of the match in Nigeria was appropriate given the current security situation facing the nation.

    The whole of the African continent, especially the Sahel region, was plagued by insurgency and other security challenges, UN said, bringing together the continent's armed forces would be a force multiplier.

    He said security remains the most important tool that can attract investments that can lead to the growth and development of a nation.

    According to him, insecurity and political instability have sent many African sons and daughters out of the continent and many have died in the Mediterranean Sea.

    “We believe very strongly that if the members of the armed forces of the countries in this region can meet, play together, eat together in a very good environment, it will help.

    "It's like a new beginning and this tree that we are planting today will become a tree that will help solve many of the security challenges facing the Sahel region through non-kinetic means," he said.

    The Minister congratulated the Chief of Defense Staff and the Chairman of OSMA for the initiative to bring the armed forces together to participate in sports competitions.

    According to him, the men and women of our armed forces need to stay fit physically, mentally and emotionally as this will help them cope effectively and efficiently with the changes they face on an ongoing basis.

    "The leaders of our armed forces have demonstrated that they ensure that officers and men maintain professional standards, discipline, loyalty and dedication in the performance of their duties," he said. declared.

    Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Lucky Irabor said the competition was part of the need to ensure that armed forces personnel continue to maintain a high level of mental alertness and physical fitness.

    Irabor said physical fitness remains the cornerstone of mental and combat readiness, adding that it helps keep the military and wake up in top shape to enable them to successfully complete their missions.

    He said all nations must ensure that personnel in their armed forces remain mentally and physically prepared at all times, with no one in doubt about their ability to defend the nation.

    According to him, the start of the first addition of the military games for peace and solidarity heralded the exploitation of the non-kinetic aspects of the operation to mitigate the war on insurgency and banditry which are most prevalent in the countries of the Sahel.

    “The timing of this event is therefore appropriate because it directly tests the physical preparation of our staff to meet these challenges while staying in shape.

    “By organizing this event, we are aware of the need to foster camaraderie between our armed forces in order to meet in the mandate of our professional vocation.

    “This year's event also aims to promote synergy through the interaction of military sports as well as cement African brotherhood.

    “I want to encourage all the athletes here to soak up the sportsmanship and strive for peak performance to win laurels for them,” he said.

    In his welcome address, the President of OSMA, Brigadier-General. Abdullahi, said the organization of the game was in line with the promise he made during his campaign to become OSMA president.

    Abdullahi said the tournament was intended to show an example of cooperation between participating countries in African solidarity and brotherhood.

    He said the first edition was limited to football, golf and the marathon, adding that the next championship would be hosted by the Chadian public and would include fighting races, shooting, boxing and basketball.

    According to him, it was suggested that the number of participating countries should include all Africans to increase the reach of the event.

    Thank you CDS for approving the hosting of the game in Nigeria and all the sponsors who made the game a reality.

    The OSMA president revealed that 10 of the 14 expected countries had arrived while the other four were due to arrive tonight.

    Source: NAN

  •  327 military athletes to compete in Sahel games in Abuja Official
    327 military athletes to compete in Sahel games in Abuja – Official
     327 military athletes to compete in Sahel games in Abuja Official
    327 military athletes to compete in Sahel games in Abuja – Official
    General news10 months ago

    327 military athletes to compete in Sahel games in Abuja – Official

    By Sumaila Ogbaje

    The President, Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), Brig.-Gen. Maikano Abdullahi, said 327 athletes from 14 countries are expected to participate in the first Chief of Defense Staff / OSMA tournament in Abuja.

    Abdullahi announced it during a press conference in preparation for the first edition of the games entitled: "Military games of Sahelian countries for peace and solidarity" Wednesday in Abuja.

    He said the tournament was designed with the aim of promoting peace and friendliness among the participating armed forces in the Sahel region.

    The 14 countries which will participate according to him are Mali; Burkina Faso; Nigeria; Niger; Libya; Chad; Cameroon; Tanzania; Republic of Benin ; Kenya; Congo Brazzaville ; Congo Kinshasa; Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry.

    Abdullahi said the game was aimed at fostering peace and solidarity among the eight Sahelian countries which were primarily affected by the activities of extremists and insurgents.

    “If you remember my campaign promises after my victory in the elections, I suggested that we were going to have military games in the Sahel.

    “CDS approved the hosting of this game and asked my organization to do all the activities necessary for us to make our dreams come true.

    “We have sent out an invitation to about eight OSMA countries and the event we have offered to participate in is golf, football and marathon running.

    “We have deliberately chosen golf because of the high caliber of officers who are going to be involved and we have chosen the marathon because of the mass of men who are going to be involved.

    “We are going to receive continents from about 14 countries and these countries will start arriving from Saturday night and will all arrive in Abuja on Sunday.

    “The opening ceremony will take place on October 11, while from Tuesday to Friday there will be a competition where football and golf will take place.

    “The last day on Saturday will be the closing ceremony and the marathon will take place on that day.

    “The starting point will be the cantonment of Aguyi Ironsi and it also ends at the cantonment.

    “This time around it will be a full 42.95 kilometer marathon with 10 counties participating in this marathon championship, including Nigeria,” he said.

    Abdullahi said only Kenya would participate in an invitation relay race with invited participants from sister security agencies.

    He said the procedure for winning medals was that those who came first, second and third in football would receive gold, silver and bronze medals as well in golf and also in the marathon.

    According to him, in the marathon, there will be no team champion but in the individual first, second and third bits there will be consolation prizes up to the sixth position.

    "There will be a peace trophy which will be awarded to all participants from the 14 countries," he said.

    Abdullahi assured that adequate preparations had been made to ensure a successful and smooth tournament.

    He said the competition would be held annually in the future in member countries.

    The OSMA President congratulated the Chief of the Defense Staff, department heads and other individuals and organizations for their support and sponsorship.

    Source: NAN

  •  Minister calls on African countries to focus on science and technology
    Minister calls on African countries to focus on science and technology
     Minister calls on African countries to focus on science and technology
    Minister calls on African countries to focus on science and technology
    General news1 year ago

    Minister calls on African countries to focus on science and technology

    By Sylvester Thompson

    Science and Technology Minister Dr Ogbonnaya Onu on Monday called on African countries in Abuja to focus on science, technology and innovation (STI), for self-reliance.

    He made this appeal when a delegation from the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) visited him and invested him as sponsor of the Sahel Military Games in Africa.

    UN said that for African countries to be able to convert knowledge into products and services, they must become self-reliant and must pay attention to STI.

    “It is very important that all of Africa recognize that the continent is blessed; that is why developed countries come to Africa to source their raw materials.

    "The question is why, as Africans, can we not use the same raw materials, the same natural resources that other countries come to seek from us to develop our countries," said Onu.

    He noted that there was no need for African countries to go hungry while importing things from other parts of the world.

    Un said that if African nations achieve self-reliance, young people in Nigeria and other African countries will stop risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean in search of greener pastures.

    He said one way to achieve the development of STI is to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    He noted that developed countries were following this line, and that was the formula that Africans had to grasp with both hands.

    “We need to educate our people in order to have the human capacity to harness all these resources and we should invest more in research and development.

    “If we do this, we will be able to create enough jobs for our people,” he stressed.

    The Minister said that the Sahel Games were important for Nigeria and for the African continent because of his creativity and his vision of using sport to integrate the army of the Sahel region in crisis.

    "I believe that the use of sport to integrate the army will strengthen a better understanding between the military in the region," said the minister.

    He also reiterated the ministry's commitment to support the Sahel Games so that they are a resounding success.

    In his remarks, Brigadier-General. Maikano Abdullahi, president of OSMA, said the visit brought together military representatives from 15 African countries.

    He said the idea behind the organization of the Sahel Military Games was to bring together African countries in the Sahel region for the common good and for peace to reign in the region.

    He said they came to confirm and decorate the members of the ODMA board of directors as well as the patron of the games, Dr Onu.

    Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of State for Science and Technology, in his remarks, noted that military operations cannot be carried out without the application of appropriate technologies.

    Abdullahi called on OSMA to sponsor the products, goods and services of indigenous research and development agencies on the continent.

    "They are very competitive with foreigners and patronage would encourage local production, jobs and wealth creation," he said. (NAN)

  •  Sahel military games OSMA foundation to forge peace through sports
    Sahel military games: OSMA, foundation to forge peace through sports
     Sahel military games OSMA foundation to forge peace through sports
    Sahel military games: OSMA, foundation to forge peace through sports
    General news1 year ago

    Sahel military games: OSMA, foundation to forge peace through sports

    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    The Organization for Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) is committed to partnering with the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), an NGO that uses sport to promote peace in Africa.

    Brig.-Gen. Maikano Abdullahi, president of OSMA took this promise on Wednesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the president of the Foundation, Mr. Noah Dallaji.

    He said OSMA is specifically looking for ACTDF's partnership to organize the first Sahelian Military Peace Games to be held in Abuja in October.

    Abdullahi, who is the first Nigerian to be elected OSMA President, said the successful staging of the Games would go a long way in promoting peace and unity within the sub-region.

    “We have decided to partner with ACTDF because it is a foundation that seeks to promote peace and unity on the continent.

    “The Sahel Military Games are also an event that aims to promote peace and solidarity in the Sahel region and we are committed to using sport to promote peace,” he said.

    He said the sports festival would also offer Sahel countries the opportunity to redefine their strategy on how to comprehensively tackle the insecurity situation in the region.

    Dallaji, in his remarks, pledged the foundation's support to ensure that OSMA achieves its vision of a united Africa.

    He pledged the foundation's support to the president of OSMA to host a worthy Games that would be the toast of the rest of Africa.

    Dallaji stressed the importance of peace and the empowerment of young Nigerians for the country to truly achieve its status as the giant of Africa.

    The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that as part of efforts to empower young Nigerians, Dallaji previously awarded a scholarship to 25 students at Jabi Secondary School, Abuja.

    He said the foundation has awarded a scholarship to more than 1,000 students as part of its goal of discovering, developing and empowering young Nigerians.

    The philanthropist expressed his optimism that with all hands on the bridge, Nigeria would soon regain its rightful place on the Committee of Nations. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •  Gen Abdullahi pushes for next African Military Games in Nigeria
    Gen. Abdullahi pushes for next African Military Games in Nigeria
     Gen Abdullahi pushes for next African Military Games in Nigeria
    Gen. Abdullahi pushes for next African Military Games in Nigeria
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Gen. Abdullahi pushes for next African Military Games in Nigeria

    The newly elected President of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), Brig.-Gen. Maikano Abdullahi, says he will push for the next All African Military Games to be hosted in Nigeria.

    OSMA is the body that represents Africa on the International Military Sports Council, aimed at fostering friendship through Sports while promoting physical fitness among the Armed Forces of member States.

    He said this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing the newsmen on his victory in the election held in Yaoundé, Cameroun on Oct. 7

    Abdullahi, who is the current Deputy Director Sports, Defence Headquarters Abuja, promised to introduce sporting activities that will enhance unity and foster friendship among member states

    The OSMA boss promised to join hands with members of the Organisation to lift the standard of the continent’s military sports body.

    He also pledged to take military sports to enviable standards in the continent and across the globe.

    “I will introduce bilateral sports where neighbouring countries will come together to participate in such military sports activities that will unite them and enhance their relations.

    `I will revive some popular sports which had faded off such as the confederation of African military football championships inaugurated by former president of Burkina Faso.

    “I will make sure that it comes back and features regularly. We also have African Military Boxing Championship.

    “There is also a trophy and championship introduced by President Olusegun Obasanjo, I will make sure that they are all brought back into the continent’s military sports,” he said.

    Abdullahi also promised to introduce an E-library that would enhance research and other relevant activities for the promotion of sporting activities in the military.

    He said the E-library, to be domiciled at OSMA headquarters in Yaoundé, would be dedicated to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.


    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
    Source: NAN

  •  I will reposition military sports in Africa if elected OSMA President Gen Abdullahi says
    I will reposition military sports in Africa if elected OSMA President, Gen. Abdullahi says
     I will reposition military sports in Africa if elected OSMA President Gen Abdullahi says
    I will reposition military sports in Africa if elected OSMA President, Gen. Abdullahi says
    Sport2 years ago

    I will reposition military sports in Africa if elected OSMA President, Gen. Abdullahi says

    Brig.- Gen. Maikano Abdullahi, Nigeria’s aspirant in the forthcoming Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) presidential election has pledged to reposition military sports in Africa if elected.

    Abdullahi who is the Deputy Director, Sports, Defence headquarters and former Secretary General of OSMA said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

    News Agency of Nigeria reports that the election is scheduled for Oct. 2 via a video tele-conference among delegates of the 51-member countries from the continent.

    According to him, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin had nominated him for the coveted position because of his track record in sports administration and development.

    “Let me state here that my vast experience in Sports, Fitness and Training coupled with my participation in both national and international military and civil sporting activities enhanced my nomination for this post,’’ he said.

    He assured that if elected, he would use the mandate to promote military sports and foster peace and unity among member countries in Africa.

    He explained that the President of OSMA automatically becomes the Vice President of International Military Sports Council also known as Consiel International Du Sport Militarie (CISM) which is a global military sporting organisation second to the IOC.

    Abdullahi who is a fellow of the National Association of Physical and Health Education Recreation Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD) has won several national and international awards in Cameroun, Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea and the CISM headquarters in Belgium.

    OSMA was founded in 1994 by a Nigerian, Maj.-Gen. Ishola Williams (Rtd) and became fully operational in 2008 with headquarters in Yaounde, Cameroun.


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)