The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, says the Civil Defence is an ICON in sports, asserting that the Corps performance in MIGA 2016, is world class.
The highly elated CG made this evergreen speech of appreciation in his office at the NSCDC National Headquarters, Abuja, while showering encomium on the all conquering NSCDC Sports Team.
Gana noted that, the Corps is now the hub for choosing Sports Men and Women in Nigeria, calling on the Ministry of Youth and Sports not to bother looking elsewhere to acquiring sporting persons, but should just come to NSCDC and make requisition for the Agency’s hardware.
The Corps helmsman promised very handsome reward to all the Athletes and their deserving Coaches with all their Assistants who shaped the NSCDC sports into excellence and forged the sports men and women into champions, who in turn, has brought glory to the NSCDC and the Nation in general.
Following their track records in various international competitions which held in Beijing, China, Glasgow, Scot Land among others; according to the Leader of the Civil Defence, ” I pledge continuous support to the Sports Personnel of the NSCDC, as they have not in any way rested in bringing glory to the Organization, the Corps will not stop to honour them, will not stop to appreciate them and will always support them to excel to greater, greater heights.
Analysis of the outcome of the giant feat of the NSCDC in comparison to their Compatriots at the maiden MIGA 2016, show that NSCDC won 39 Gold Medals,
19 Silver and 9 Bronze medals making the Medal haul to amount to 67 medals in all.
The Police came 2nd, while the Prisons Services emerged 3rd, closely followed by the Nigeria Immigration in the 4th place, while the Fire Service and the Ministry of Interior came 5th and 6th respectively.
The Commandant of Sports NSCDC, Ayodele Titus, was full of thanks and praises to the Almighty God for showing great kindness to the Civil Defence and for enabling the NSCDC Sports Team to perform wonderfully well.
Ayodele thanked the Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, and the Management of the NSCDC, for the enabling environment given the sports men and women to exhibit their talents.
Commandant Titus noted, that the journey started in June this year when they commenced training, and 3 weeks to the event proper in Kaduna, they requested that the sports men and women needed to be camped for proper articulation of strategies, which the CG and Management Team graciously granted, and what surprised everyone of them is that, they never lacked in cash and kind for their upkeep in the camp, as the Management really took care to make sure that they excel in the main event.
Titus disclosed that, team event like football, basketball, volleyball, handball, table tennis, and athletics 4 x 400 and 4 x 100 to perfect baton exchange strategy, were all camped for proper cohesion and understanding to enable the sports men and women know what to do in the events proper.
The NSCDC Sports Commandant posited that, to whom much is given much is expected, highlighting that in the sporting events in Kaduna, Team NSCDC sports men and women exhibited their individual talents to the fullest. Acknowledging that from the beginning the CG and Management Team have played their roles, therefore, the Sports Personnel have nothing to hold back from, but to go all out to do the needful, and the God of heaven gave them total victory.
Ayodele Titus revealed that strong plans are already on ground to maintain the champion status, before the next Ministry of Interior Games. He explained that new talents will be recruited to beef up the rank and file of the Sports Team. The Commandant praised Team NSCDC for doing the needful when it mattered most, as their motto of – Determination, Dedication and Discipline have always worked for them.
The Ministry of Interior Games tagged ‘ MIGA 2016 ‘, which started on 21 October has since come to an end on 30 October, 2016.
Meanwhile, Team NSCDC has started preparations ahead MIGA 2018.
ACC EMMANUEL OKEH