Nigeria, Gambia Set To Advance Collaboration In Sp…

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Nigeria, Gambia Set To Advance Collaboration In Sports

Friday, 01 March 2013 17:03

(Thisdaylive) – A four-man delegation from The Gambia Thursday in Abuja paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of Sportsand Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Bolaji Abdulllahi to seek ways of strengthening the already existing bi-lateral relationship between the two countries.

The Gambian delegation which was led by the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Angela Colley Iheme included the Deputy High Commissioner, Brigadier General Ebrima Bah (Rtd), Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Alieu Jammeh and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Malong Jassy.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman NSC stated that the delegation’s visit shows a clear demonstration of the country’s commitment to transform and take sports to great heights in Gambia.
Nigeria’s Sports Minister Mallam Bolaji Abdulllahi
According to him, “if we continue to work together to seek ways of advancing sports in Africa, before long the continent will attain great heights in sports development and consequently become a very formidable force to be reckoned with worldwide”.

Abdullahi noted that Nigeria’s victory at the AFCON was a victory for West Africa, stressing that out of the eight countries that qualified for the quarter finals, seven were from West Africa.

He therefore used the opportunity to call on Ministers in charge of Sports in the Sub-Region to take keen interest in the ECOWAS Games and take necessary measures to improve their country’s fortunes in sports.

The Minister stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria was committed to taking sports development to great heights; this he maintained prompted President Goodluck Jonathan to convene a Presidential Retreat on Sports after the London Olympics.

Earlier the Gambia Minister of Sports, Jammeh had said that his delegation was in Nigeria to canvass support as well as partnership in Sports administration and infrastructure development.

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