Speaker, Federal House of Representatives Receives Africa Aquatics Trophy for formal Presentation To ECOWAS chairman, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu
Second, left, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, receiving the trophy from Dr. Godwin Tammy, International Director, Planning and Implementation of the 1st African Invitational Swimming Championship in Abuja, Prof. Dan- Azumi Jake (Chief of Staff to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, 1st, left, and Dr. Chamberlain, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, 1st, right at the hangover event in Abuja, Thursday.
As 32 Countries Get Set For 1st African Invitational Swimming Championship in Abuja
As swimmers and aquatic sport stakeholders from thirty two African countries get set to converge on Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Teritory for the 1st African Invitational Swimming Championship, tagged, ‘Peace and Progress’ in honour of ECOWAS chairman and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, GCFR, Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas has commended Africa Aquatics Zone 2 and Demakers Business Roundtable for the initiative.
Rt. Hon. Abbas who made the commendation when the International Director of Planning and implementation of the championship, Dr. Godwin Tammy N, presented trophy of the event to him on Thursday in Abuja, preparatory to the official unveiling/presentation to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu on a later date in Abuja said he was elated by the choice of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for such honour in appreciation of his charismatic leadership and growing regional influence of as ECOWAS chairman in turbulent times in the sub-region.
The Speaker, under whose lead role the 1st African Invitational Swimming Championship is being organised by Africa Aquatics, Zone 2, Dakar, Senegal and Demakers Business Roundtable Abuja, noted that sports creates job opportunities for the youth population either directly or indirectly in other related sectors, such as infrastructure and services, transportation, accommodation, and security which in turn helps to reduce unemployment to improve household income levels, and boost economic growth.
Rt. Hon. Abbas maintained that the forthcoming swimming championship would be a good platform to discover credible talents that could be groomed and monitored to represent Nigeria at international championships in future as the event would inspire all levels and age grades to participate competitively in a secure environment, where values such as teamwork, patriotism and courage would imbued in the citizens.
While handing over the tournament trophy to the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, the International Director, Planning and Implementation of the 1st African Invitational Swimming Championship, tagged, ‘Peace and Progress’, Dr. Godwin Tammy N, explained that the event was being put together by Africa Aquatics Zone 2, Dakar Senegal and Demakers Business Roundtable, Abuja in appreciation of the charismatic leadership and growing regional influence of the ECOWAS chairman, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu in turbulent times in the sub-region.
Dr. Tammy expressed his deep appreciation to the Rt. Hon. Speaker for his sacrifice of love and commitment towards President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, describing the 1st. African International Invitational Swimming Championship as a moment of aquatic sport festivity.
He informed that the organisers would be grateful to unveil the trophy during the formal presentation of the trophy to the ECOWAS chairman and President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ahmed Bola Tinubu to signal the commencement of the event on a later date.
Dr. Tammy also hinted that championship, which is being organised collaboration with relevant institutions within and beyond the African continent, would be hosted by the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Teritory (FTC), Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.
“This is the first of its kind ever organised for an African leader. It promises to be an exciting event and a moment of glory, laced with blissful ectacsy, finese and alluring quality of talents dotted across Africa with over five thousand male and female swimmers from 32 countries converging on the beautiful city of Abuja to fight for the continental crown. It will attract a collection of regional stakeholders in sports development who are committed to youth development and empowerment,” Dr. Tammy hinted.
He expressed the hope that the international invitational swimming championship would help to unveil young talented swimmers, who will represent Nigeria in future international championships.
Dignitaries present during handing over of the trophy to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, House of Representatives include Prof. Dan- Azumi, Jake, (Chief of Staff to the Speaker), Hon. Dr. Aliyu Mustapha (Vice chairman, Upstream Petroleum), Dr. Chamberlain (Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker and Hon. Jingi Rufai, among many Honourable Members of the House of Representatives.