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Mary Onyali Sports Foundation Visits BCDA

COURTESY VISIT TO THE ACTING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE BORDER COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (BCDA) BY MARY ONYALI SPORTS FOUNDATION (MOSPORTS) ON THURSDAY 3RD MAY, 2018.

The Mary Onyali Sports Foundation (MOSPORTS) represented by Mrs. Mary Onyali and an 8 member team paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Executive Secretary (Ag. ES) and Management Staff of the Agency on Thursday, the 3rd of May 2018.

Mrs. Onyali said MOSPORTS is a Sports Foundation aimed at providing opportunities to Nigerian youths in fulfilling their sports dreams, and one of such opportunities is the design of Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) programme. The BOOST  programme is expected to support 90 athletes in five sports on a two year exposure programme towards  the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and to raise funds to support aging athletes amongst others, she added.

She further added that the desire of MOSPORTS is to partner with BCDA in the area of sports and to bring it closer to the children and youths in the border communities. This initiative is geared towards discovering the untapped talents in these communities and exposing them both nationally and internationally. This exposure will improve the fortunes of these young people both educationally and socially while on the long run it will enhance a brighter future for them both personally and for the nation at large.

The Nigerian sports brand emphasized that Sports being a unifying factor all over the world will help occupy the minds of our youths and capture their hearts, paving way for success with just a little encouragement, push and training.

She pointed out that parents need to be enlightened on the need to encourage their children to explore different sports in order to identify where their talents are. She also said MOSPORTS will be responsible for funding these sporting activities by raising funds from both private and public sectors.

She added that the main Sports of focus in this move are Baseball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Table tennis as they are the sports activities where Nigerians excel especially in international competitions.

Responding, the Acting Executive Secretary (Ag. ES), Mrs. Tayo Odumosu thanked Mrs. Mary Onyali for her willingness to partner with BCDA and for honouring the Agency with the visit.

The Ag. ES commended MOSPORTS for the great initiative of the BOOST programme and applauded it as a welcome development which she sincerely believes will be beneficial to children and youths in the border communities and will produce future champions in sports.

She then called on International Development Partners, Agencies and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to urgently consider the pains and agony of millions of Nigerians living in the border communities. She emphasized that there is need for assistance in the provision of basic social infrastructures and security to bring succour to these people and make their lives more meaningful. She added that the three tiers of government alone cannot provide all the much needed infrastructures, hence the request for assistance.

Finally, the Ag. ES thanked Mrs. Onyali and her team for the visit and informed them that the desire of the Agency is to see youths and children from these border communities participate in all sporting activities to enable them win laurels for Nigeria at the African games, World championships and the 2024 Olympics through the joint efforts of MOSPORTS and BCDA.

NANS AWARD TO Ag. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

 

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE PRESENTED TO THE AG. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY BY NANS
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on the 21st of March, 2018 presented a NANS Woman Role-Model of the year 2018/An Icon of Excellent Leadership Award on the Ag. Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mrs. Tayo Odumosu on her exceptional works in giving back to the society by touching the lives of people.

Presenting  the  award  at  a  brief  ceremony  that  took  place  at  the  Agency’s  Headquarters, Maitama, the Coordinator of the award, Mr. Ayonikun Fred stated that the award was given in recognition  of  the  role  played  by  the  Ag. Executive  Secretary  in bringing hope to the rural communities  in  her  leadership  style  and  standard.

He stated thus:
“I want to emphasize the crucial role that the recipient has played in the promotion of good sound leadership and corporate feats locally and nation-wide, representing our great nation and our values. Her active participation in bringing hope and life, honours her personality as a worthy social builder”

He  further  added  that  this  award  is  coming  on  the  heels  of  the many impacts  she has created through her public service work, philanthropic  activities  and  in  her  current  assignment.
On NANS commitment to nation building, Mr. Fred said the students’ body promotes good ideas, welfare, and support for students with  interest  in  promoting  a  better  society  in  Nigeria.

In response, the Ag. Executive Secretary, Mrs. Tayo Odumosu thanked the students’ body for the kind gesture and for recognizing good works especially in the direction of Nation building.
She informed the delegation that the Agency was established by the Border Communities Development Agency Establishment Act 2003 further amended in 2006 with the responsibility of developing the border communities spread over 21 States of the Federation.

She stated that the award is a motivation to work harder especially in the development of the Border Communities in line with Government’s current developmental drive by bringing hope and succour to the neglected areas through the provision of socio-infrastructural projects, empowerment, and skills development programs. She also added that the former Executive Secretary laid a good foundation that she and her team will build on and superceed.

Mrs. Odumosu finally advised NANS to embark on Nation building activities especially in adding their voice to the current Administration’s developmental trends in bringing change to the Nation and be good ambassadors of the country.

BCDA BOARD INAUGURATION AND FAMILIARIZATION VISIT

BCDA BOARD INAUGURATION AND FAMILIARIZATION VISIT
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), on Tuesday 20th March, 2018, inaugurated the Board of the Agency on behalf of the Chairman of the Board, The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The inauguration ceremony commenced by 4pm at the Conference Room, SGF’s office. A sizeable number of our Board members (both statutory and Zonal) were in attendance as they stood up for recognition while their names were being mentioned. Below is the list of BCDA Board members in attendance:

Statutory Members:
1. Minister of Power, Works and Housing – Barr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)
2. Minister of Health – Dr. Isaac Adewole
3. Minister of Science and Technology – Mr. Ogbonaya Onu
4. Minister of Interior – Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau
5. Minister of Defense – Brig. Gen Dan Ali
6. D.G. National Intelligence Agency – Ahmed Rufai Abubakar
7. D.G. National Boundary Commission – Alhaji M.B Ahmad (mni)
8. D.G. Surveyor General of Federation – Mr. Ebisintei Awudu

Zonal Members:
1. Hon. Victor Afam Ogene – South-East
2. Chief Lionel Jonathan – Omo – South-South
3. Hon. Idris Sani Buko – North-Central
4. Hon. Saheed Salawe – South-West
5. Alhaji Kabiru Gwarzo – North-West

In addition, the inauguration was attended by Chairmen of House and Senate Committees and other National Assembly members, Ministers, Heads of Agencies and members of the public.

The SGF declared the inauguration open and read the Vice President’s speech. Thereafter, the SGF proceeded on behalf of the Vice President to inaugurate the Board and wished the members success in their future endeavours on the Board.

The ceremony ended by 5.50pm.

Visit to BCDA Headquarters.
Immediately after the inauguration ceremony, five (5) of the Board members representing the six geopolitical zones of the country proceeded on a familiarization visit to BCDA Headquarters office in Maitama.

During the visit, the members held a brief meeting with the Ag. Executive Secretary, Mrs. Tayo Odumosu, and members of Management of BCDA.

The Ag. Executive Secretary welcomed the members and introduced the Management team. The Ag. Executive Secretary in her welcome speech expressed the readiness of the Agency to work in harmony with the members to positively impact on the mandate of the Agency which is the provision of the much needed infrastructure to the Border Communities, the primary target of BCDA activities.

The members responded by appreciating the Ag. Executive Secretary for the familiarization visit and the meeting, they pledged their willingness to work assiduously with the management of the Agency to actualize effectively the mandate of the Agency.

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