By Amaechi Agbo
A Non-Govermental Organisation, NGO specialised in sports development in the country, the Community Sport and Education Development, CSED over the week hosted 5, 000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in their camp in Edo and offered them free lunch
The activity was part of programmes lined up to end the CSED’s coaching seminar it held for Physical Education practioners in the state and beyond.
The 6-day coaching seminar saw a total of 24 coachs certified by the International Netball Federation, INF.
The visit to the IDPs Camp in Uhogua Edo State, the founder/Coordinator of the NGO and Delta State Football Association Chairman, Mr Fuludu Edema told our correspondent, was part of the closing ceremony of the netball seminar that was recently held in Benin City.
Addressing the management staff of the IDPs Camp Uhogua along with INF INF Instructor, Mary Waya and the P.E. practitioners that attended the netball seminar, the national coordinator, said that the essence was to identify with the people who have temporarily lost their homes to the dastardly act of insurgents in the country.
Apart from providing free lunch for the IDPs, other food items such as ten bags of 50kg rice, cooking oil, two cartons of fish, tomatoes and other vegetable stew making condiments were presented to the manager of the camp.
“Apart from bringing people together, sports, when used properly can be a force for good in mobilising the youths, positively influencing and empowering both the able-bodied persons, physically challenged persons, as well as the hard to reach members of the society.
“This is the reason why CSED will continue to support and provide girls and women with more access to our free P.E. practitioners seminars, our life skills training and PSHE (Physical Social, Health and Emotional) Education programmes in selected schools in Nigeria.
“Given the positive feedback and suggestions that have been received from the newly certified netball coaches, the Trustees of CSED have already initiated contact with one or two NGOs and corporate organisations to seek for their support in helping to meet some of the burden of providing the basic daily food needs of the residents of IDP Camp in Uhogua. It is hoped that these plans if successful, would not only complement the efforts of the state government and management of the camp, but it would leave a positive impression in the hearts and minds of the children/youths of the IDPs camp in Uhogua.
“At the moment, residents of the IDPs camp in Uhogua are currently in need of urgent food and medications supply. We have done our part and we will continue to do more in days to come,” he concluded
last day (6 March 2020) of the netball seminar to be a memorable one for the residents and staff of the IDPs Camp Uhogua. As a result, CSED, Trustees provided free lunch to the about five thousand residents of the Camp.
Responding, the Management of the Camp thanked the CSED, Mary Waya and the newly certified netball coaches for their magnanimity
and acknowledged that apart from the free lunch that was bankrolled by CSED, they now have three members of staff who have been certified to coach netball, a brand new netball court and more importantly, one of their young residents (Bertha Omigie) is now certified to teach netball to her peers and other primary and secondary school students in Nigeria.
The CSED early in the month held a 6-day netball coaching course in Benin, Edo State with INF certified Malawian coach, Mary Waya as the instructor. A total of 24 participants were certified at the end of the training which ended on March 7, 2020.