By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, has reitrated the readiness of the FCT Administration towards improving and supporting activities aimed at developing sports in the FCT.
Ohaa said this when the FCT Forum of Sports Associations’ Chairmen (FOFSAC) by its Interim Chairman, Chief Edem Selong, of the FCT Squash Association paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
While emphasizing the pivotal role of sports in strengthening the unity of the country, the Permanent Secretary, who is overseeing the affairs of the FCTA said it helps to relegate to the background certain primordial differences like religion and tribalism.
He noted that sports remains a significant tool for employment generation among the youths as well as a means of ensuring physical fitness and overall wellbeing of the human body.
He therefore assured that that provisions will be made in next year’s budget to give encourage development of sports in the FCT.
The FCT Permanent Secretary however enjoined the FCT Sports Association to also work together with other private partners to get the necessary sponsorship for sporting activities in the FCT to fill the funding gaps.
Also, responding to the stakeholders request for the FCT Department of Sports to be upgraded to a Commission, Ohaa urged FOFSAC to come up with an administrative framework for such an upgrade which will be presented to the National Assembly.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Edem Selong, appreciated the various roles that the FCT Administration has been playing to encourage the growth of sports in the FCT, especially the successful hosting of the FCT Sports Festival.
According to him, the contributions of sports for solidifying national unity as well as breaking political frontiers cannot be overemphasized.
He assured that the Sports Associations will continue to do all it can to keep the flag of sports flying in the FCT and ensure that the FCT remains a pace setter in sports development.