Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of NCC

Sports enthusiasts applaud NCC for exemplary Tennis Championship

*Sports administrators and tennis enthusiasts at a book launch in Lagos acknowledged the Nigerian Communications Commission as a patriotic corporate institution that has supported sports at the grassroots

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) support for sports development, with particular reference to the popular Commission-sponsored tennis championship for youth, dominated discussions at the launch of a book on sports in Nigeria at the weekend, in in Lagos.

ConsumerConnect reports the launch of the book entitled, “Sport in Nigeria: Going Round in Circles”, authored by Godwin Kienka, Sports Administrator, held at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Race Course, Onikan, in Lagos.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement issued in Abuja, FCT, disclosed Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NCC, was the Guest of Honour at the event where the Commission was acknowledged as a patriotic corporate institution that has supported sports at the grassroots in the country.

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Muoka noted the cross-section of the sports administrators and admirers of tennis urged the Commission not to relent in supporting sports   to empower the Nigerian youths, as the telecoms sector regulator has done in the sponsorship of tennis across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Godwin Kienka, author of the book, acknowledged the sponsorship offered by the Commission since 2015, has set the tone for the development of Nigerian youths for future career in lawn tennis.

Kienka stated: “I want to appreciate the NCC for having set a sterling example in recent years for other private and public sector stakeholders and institutions to emulate.

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“We appreciate the Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, for sustaining the sponsorship when he assumed office in 2015 and for his outstanding contribution to youth and sport development in Nigeria in general.”

According to the book author, between 2015 and 2016, the NCC engaged in sponsorship of lawn tennis tournaments that rekindled interest in and re-defined tennis competition because of the renewal it brought to tennis development in Nigeria.

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Part of NCC’s objective for embarking on the tourney was to help in nurturing and exploring the talents in the Nigerian youth through robust competition so as to help them perfect their skills.

It was also to promote peace and friendship among the players and by extension enthrone a pan-Nigeria solidarity of sports enthusiasts, stated the NCC.

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The tournament, which featured the hosting of several marches in different parts of the country, including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Onitsha, Abeokuta, Kaduna, Abuja, and Enugu, also had the objective of fruitfully engaging the players, officials and the youth population in some value-driven activities associated with the sports competition in general.

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