The Federal Capital Territory Football Association, FCT FA, on Tuesday inaugurated its newly reconstituted committees for improved development of football in the FCT.
The inauguration which took place at the FCT FA secretariat, Area 10, witnessed almost all the members of the committees in attendance with few who were ineluctably absence.
Inaugurating the committees, the FCT FA chairman, Alhaji Musa Saeed Talle, stated depressingly that the core mandate of the FCT FA is grassroots football development which he called on the technical, organising and Women development committees to pursue vigorously.
Alhaji Talle who expressed delight on the caliber of members of the committees said he trust them to deliver on their mandate.
“It is a great day for all of us as we gathered here to inaugurate our new reconstituted committees. The need to reengineer some of the committees and see how they would impact on the FCT football cannot be downplayed.
“Over the past three years, we have done well and the grassroots are our catchment zone. Under 13 and Under 15 boys and girls tournaments are cardinal to the FCT FA so we need to consolidate on the gains so far made in this respect. Prior to your new appointments, you have kept faith with us and supported us; this is the time for you to do more. The grassroots is our concern. The women development committee needs to go round the 6 Area Councils in the FCT to discover talents.
“Obviously we have so many dimensions to sporting activities. We need a lot of more positive actions towards our women football. The female league started last year but it has not covered the six area councils. So we want all the six area councils that made up the FCT to be participants in this 2018 women league.
“We are also trying to go to the primary school level so that all FCT girls’ primary schools will have competition in place. We also want to extend that hand of development to the FCT junior boys where we want to create inter-school football competition for them just the way we are doing for the senior students in the Principals Cup. We are going to bring the junior secondary school on board by God’s grace.
“The people we have brought in into the committees are people of high caliber as far as FCT football activities are concerned. I trust them very well that they will give good account of themselves and make a lot of progress in terms of football development in the FCT.
“Women football is lagging behind in Nigeria thus the need to see how we can make progress in this area of our football,” the FCT FA boss stated.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of other members of the committees, the Chairman of the Technical committee, Mr Godwin Bamigboye, appreciated the Executive Council for deeming them fit for the responsibility but emphasized that the task of building a beautiful FCT football is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders including corporate organisations. He appealed to corporate industries in the FCT and Nigeria in general to come forward and sponsor sports as government alone cannot take sports to the desired height.
Mr Godwin Bamigboye who said that apart from the NFF, FCT FA should be number one FA in the country promised that the members of the committees will work assiduously in making FCT FA the number FA in Nigeria.
He went on to say that his committee will do its best in infrastructural maintenance and upgrading of football pitches and facilities in the FCT.
Mr Godwin Bamigboye expressed worry over the encroachment and diversion of lands allocated to the FCT FA for other uses by the government and vowed that efforts will be made to safeguard existing ones while every means will be explored to recover stolen lands. He Stressed that every land meant for sports in the FCT will be identified so that henceforth nobody will take lands belonging to sports for other purposes.
Mr Godwin Bamigboye further said that his committee is in advance plan to reach the FCT Minister on renovation of the Area 10 field and others in the 6 Area Councils in the FCT in order to bring them up to standards, adding that efforts are being made to improve the pitches in the FCT.
“There are so much on our shoulders but with your cooperation and God’s grace, we will deliver,” he said
The head of the media committee and Chairman, FCT SWAN, Mr Kayode Adeniyi said the role of the media in galvanizing and aggregating opinions concerning issues in the society cannot be overemphasized.
Speaking to newsmen after the swearing in, the FCT SWAN boss said “The media are the image maker of every society. In the FCT FA, we will make sure that all activities concerning the FCT FA is highly publicized and promoted to give the FA the deserved awareness. The publicity of the FCT FA activities is not just the work of the Publicity sub-committee of the FA, therefore, I appeal to our colleagues to give the FA the needed support especially in publicity because if they get it right, then, we will get it right,” he said
The committees inaugurated were the Planning and Organising Committee, the Women Development Committee, the Media Committee, Technical Committee and the Youth Development Committee.
The members of the reconstituted Committees are Technical committee: Godwin Bamigboye as Chairman, Dr Omeiza Sulaiman will serve as the Vice Chairman, while Bala Nikyu, Bitrus Joshua, Mary Godspower, Adanna Nwanneri , Mansur Abdullahi, Peter Emeteole, Morufu Adeyemo are members.
Barrister Victoria Nlemigbo will be the Chairperson of the Women Football Development Committee. With Elisha Mogaji as Vice Chairman while other members are Timothy Aiyegu, . Nnamdi Onuigbo, Remi Sulola, Akinkunle ,arinwa , Niyi Busari, Hashim Adamu, Ngozi Eze, Johnson Bamidele, Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu, Barr. Enebe Chisom.
The Organizing Committee have Patrick Ngwaogu as Chairman, Zakari Musa as (Vice Chairman) other members are
Emmanuel Kempes, Thompson Ojukwu, Dauda Dogo, Tolulope Oguntimehin, Bunmi Haruna, and Lawrence Sunday.
FCT SWAN Chairman Kayode Adeniyi will be the Chairman of the Media and publicity Committee, while Chinedu Ohanusi will be the Vice Chairman. Other members include Ikenna Okonkwo, Mike Obasi, Amaechi Agbo, Victor Okoye, and Arafat Aliu .
The Youth Development Committee have Zakari Musa as Chairman, Raphael Agetu as Vice Chairman, Jegede Damian, Owolabi Abubakar, Cletus Nwobi, Kabiru Adeyemo, Wakili John, Colineous Monday, Rasheed Afolabi and Ayo Joseph Oscar as members.
Each committee was mandated by the Chairman to coopt individuals they feel can work with them in actualizing the mandate giving to them.