“I Rejected The SWAN Offer To Provide Palliatives For My NSM Members” – Says Adewale Ajayi SAJ

Nigeria’s renowned sports journalist, Adewale Ajayi who also doubles as the Super Admin of one of the country’s vibrant WhatsApp group, Nigeria Sport Mouthpiece, NSM Rebranded says he rejected the SWAN offer to help raise Palliatives for journalists on his own platform.

The clarification comes after one Dr Tee criticised the sheer willingness of members of NSM platform who decided to honour him with the “Senior Advocate of Journalists” due to his ability to raise over 2.4m naira that was shared to members of his group.

“Let them know i rejected the SWAN OFFER to do this for journalists on my platform pls”, SAJ told MikeThePundit.

It would be recalled that Super Admin as he is fondly called rejected the offer of SWAN to raise Palliatives for it members but the committee was later dissolved after some factional issues of the Sport Writers Association of Nigeria.

All the Palliatives from day one ( NSM group)

1. Moses Simon 50k

2. Japan youth coach 100k

3. Emem Eduok 100k

4. Finidi George 100k

5. Katsina utd Chair 50k

6. Kunbi Kwara utd 100k

7. Chris Giwa 300k

8. Pillar of Sports 200k

9. Mk Nureni 100k

10. Vincent Okumagba 50k

11 Monimichelle 50k

12. Aminu Kurfi 200k

13. Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah 250k

14. Hajj Gafar Liameed 100k

15. Junior Ajayi . 150k

16. Annonymous 60k

17. Annonymous 30k

18. Annonymous 10k

19. Sunday Dare 250k

20. Moh’d lawal Agent 150k

Total ……..2, 400, 000

All the monies has been shared and the various names and amount received were duly detailed.

A journo with Kidney stones was also supported for surgery.

Peterside Idah Joins NSM Course, Donates Palliative For COVID-19

Former Nigerian International goalkeeper, Peterside Idah has promised to donate to Nigeria Sport Mouthpiece, NSM Rebranded, a WhatsApp platform dedicated to all things sports in Nigeria.

The 100,000 naira donations comes amidst the Coronavirus virus pandemic which has ravaged the world of sports and beyond.

Peterside Idah having heard of the brilliant works in which the group’s foremost Admin, Adewale Ajayi SAJ, has done in raising over 2.4m naira for journalists during this period said he knows what men of the profession are passing through this his kind hand of gesture.

“From NFSP, Pastor Peterside Idah heard of all that transpired, he decided to speak with me inbox and has promised to drop 100k later today to support our cause. He lives in South Africa but he knows what men are passing through. We are grateful”, Super Admin said.

Peterside Idah is a Nigerian international football goalkeeper and media officer, television pundit and pastor. He retired from active football in 2002. He is currently a football analyst for SuperSports and Pastor at Christ Ambassadors Church based in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

COVID-19: NVBF Donates Palliatives To State Associations

The Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) has donated palliatives to the 37 states associations’ in order to cushion the effects of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

The Chairperson NVBF welfare committee, Professor Florence Adeyanju disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday.

Professor Adeyanju said palliatives became necessary due to the difficulties players are passing through in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Professor of Human Kinetics said the palliative donated is courtesy the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod.

She said, “The reason behind the palliatives is due to the difficulties the players are passing through in their respective states. We are all aware that many of the players are neither working nor under the payroll of any organization, while few of the players that are working are not earning a substantial amount of money.

“The palliative sent to the 37 states associations’ is courtesy the President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation. The President of the NVBF who is also the Zonal Representative of the North West on the board decided to extend the palliative to other zones because of the hardship experienced by players who are the main actors of the game”.

Reacting to the palliatives, the chairman of Kwara State Volleyball Association, Chief Bashorun Bankole commended the federation for donation to the 37 associations.

He said the palliative will help in strengthen the ties between the Federation and the grassroots players.

Bankole said, “Immediately I received the palliatives from the Federation, I swing into action by calling my Vice Chairman who I informed about the kind gesture. The intention of the association is to add some amount of money and buy some food stuffs in order to distribute to players who have no means of income during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must commend the federation for remembering the 37 states associations’ members when all chips”.

The Sokoto state volleyball association, Umar Samba lauded the decision of the NVBF members and the Zonal Representative of the North West, Eng Musa Nimord for the unexpected gesture during the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said, “on behalf of Sokoto state volleyball association, I want to say a big thank you to the NVBF members especially our zonal representative on the board, Engineer Musa Nimrod for their initiative during this lockdown.

“Most of the players have been finding it difficult to fend by one another during this lockdown; but this palliative from the federation will go a long way in alleviating hunger”.

A board member, Aminu Kolore and the General Secretary NVBF, Alhaji Adamu Maikano said the leadership of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation will continue to support the growth, development and most importantly the players of the game.

Tijani Umar: The Go Through Guy

A job in sports administration is a great opportunity to combine a passion for sports with the practical business activities of a range of organisations.

Attaining one of the biggest and non political position in government is not a fluke, Tijani Umar, the NBBF President is an administrator that is always ready to ensure the smooth running of a sports business.

The recently appointed permanent secretary of the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to North East zone of Nigeria often finds opportunities to take on higher levels of responsibility fairly quickly.

Tijani Umar believes sport has gained in political and social significance, with growing public awareness of its contributions to personal health, community development and the national economy.

Very mindful of the increasing demand for higher quality delivery in sports administration, Tijani Umar is now the chosen one and his new position in government is to take basketball.

Dare The Darling; Minister Donates Cash, Foodstuff To Sunday Bada’s Mother

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has extended his benevolence towards the matriarch of the Bada family Mrs. Fumilayo Bada, whose son, Sunday Bada was a member of the 4×400 relay team that won silver for Nigeria at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.

Mr. Sunday Dare donated the sum of N50,000 with some food items and beverages to the matriarch as part of his commitment to providing some succour to the mothers of deceased sports stars who made various contributions to sports development in Nigeria.

Recieving the items from the representative of the Minister Hon. Olowo Toye at the family house in Odomogun quarters, Ilaere Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi state, Mrs. Bada thanked the Minister for his support even as it was years after the demise of her son and prayed for God’s blessings upon the Minister.

It would be recalled that Dare had in the same vein made similar donations to the mothers of late football stars Rashidi Yekini and Samuel Okwaraji.

THE BRIBERY SAGA…The Fault And Blames, Writes Deacon Akin Bolarinwa

I am not unaware of some allegations flying about, but the truth is naked and nobody can dress it up with lies.

Some allegations are fuelled by some intermediaries trying to take advantage of the ambition of some young talents.

It is also true that some of us are guilty of this taking and receiving but what can you do when almost everybody wants to achieve success through the back door.

The question is, Why do people like to blame their

problems on other people?

After you directly or indirectly offered to bribe your way to the top simply because someone at the “top or at the bottom” requested to be induced, the moment you didn’t speak up for it makes you liable and guilty for concealing information.

It’s a psychological defense mechanism to protect their ego and reduce stress on themselves to open up when they are not relevant again.

Those blowing unnecessary whistle are often times subconsciously and/or impulsively doing so to sulk up their regrets.

The giver, the taker and those that didn’t do the needful to put such allegations in public domain are all guilty of same offense.

We cannot continue to do same thing all over again and expect different results.

We must stand up for the truth and fight those lies that easily breaks us.

“Our Desire Is To Hold The National Sports Festival This Year” – Minister Sunday Dare

Nigeria’s Youth And Sports development Minister, Mr Sunday Dare says it’s the Ministry’s wish to stage the 2020 National Sports Festival scheduled for Edo State.

The Edo 2020 Festival was earlier stated to hold in February, but the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak forced the ministry and federal government to postpone the festival indefinitely but Sunday Dare has now opened up on the possibility of having the games this year.

The minister who was a guest on Splash FM 105.5 Ibadan while being quizzed by Blessing Fowowe on the plans of the ministry on the Sports Festival.

“You know, if you ask me what is going to happen tomorrow or next week, you know its almost impossible because we live in an uncertainty time. Our desire is to hold the Games this year”, he said.

“It is Nigeria Olympics involving 36 states holding every two years but then we must live in the reality of Covid19 pandemic. May be when things are coming back to normal in January then we shall see what happen. Every country situation is different. So, we are monitoring we need to look at covid 19 situation in Edo state whether it has been flatten”.

“The National Council on Sports will look at situation surrounding it and i think at the end of this month. We are going to have a clear picture of what going to what will happen.”

Abuja was the last host city of “Nigeria’s Olympics” with Delta emerging overall winners.

5 Reasons Why Super Eagles Supporters Club (SESC) Is Regarded As The Best In Nigeria

So, much for football Support in the Nigeria terrain, many clubs comes to mind when it comes to supporting the round leather game.

For once, the name Super Eagles Supporters Club beats imagination.

Here are five reasons why the club is the best in the land as opined by foremost Nigerian journalist, Adewale Ajayi;

1. They are the first to run a privately owned, world class secretariat.

2. They do their thing without much noise but results have always set them apart. They are still the shining light of football supportership in the land.

3. They brought distinctiveness to football supportership in Nigeria by identifyimg with the true Nigeria football fans. They thrived where others struggled.

4. Prince Vincent Okumagba, who is the president of the group, championed the liberation, that led to the proliferation of supporters club in the land. He fought a good fight and today, he is reaping the dividends of hardwork.

5. They are the only group endorsed and approved by the Nigerian government, the NFF and the players. Nigeria players, fans and stakeholders describe this group as the most matured supporters club in the land.

PICTURES: Kwara Utd GM Bashir Badawiy Visits His Community, Donates Ramadan Gifts

People of Ira in Oyun Local Government of Kwara State were on Saturday, May 9, in joyous momentum when their son Bashir Badawiy paid them a visit with Ramadan gifts and cash.

Bashir Bashir and his lovely wife Damilola who was also accompanied by his elder brother Kunle Jida together stormed Ira in the afternoon at around 2pm in which people of the town were happy to see them.

Known for his generosity, Bashir Badawiy was happy with the love his community people shown to him on his arrival and he stepped out of his car and started sharing Ramadan gifts.

Some of the items shared to his people in Ira are cartoons of milk, bags of rice, semovita and cash in which people prayed for him that God in His Infinite Mercy will continue to bless Badawiy for remembering them in this tough period.

And after settling his people, Bashir Badawiy and his entourage walked in to the palace of the Onira of Ira land, His Royal Highness Oba Abdul-Wahab Oyewale Oyetoro who was so glad and had to stand up from his throne to welcome the Kwara United GM.

Oba Abdul-Wahab Oyewale Oyetoro described Bashir Badawiy as a blessing to the community of Ira considering what he has done in which the Monarch is proud of.

“Bashir is my good son and as you can see, the people here in Ira loves him so much because of his kindness.

“There has never been a day that we call Bashir and he won’t answer and I always pray for him everyday for God to bless him more than this because we all know what he can do,” Oba Oyetoro explained.

The Monarch while rounding up his message begged the Kwara State Government not to forget the promise they made 8 years ago by immortalising late Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini.

COVID-19: Kebbi Beach Soccer Rolls Out Donations

In their bid to support the fight against Covid-19, the Kebbi Beach Soccer Association through its Foundation has set up a series of initiatives to support different stakeholders from the Kebbi State Government, Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Kebbi State Football Association and also local communities in the State.

The delegation’s first point of call was a visit to their medical partner (Medicaid Cancer Foundation) by a few of its members under the stewardship of their General Secretary, Mr Abdullahi Yahaya. They were warmly received by the Founder/CEO of the Foundation, Her Excellency Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu in the Government House, Birnin Kebbi to donate health essentials including hand Sanitizers and soaps.

In accepting the donations, the First Lady of Kebbi State commended the efforts of Nigerians led by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rtd General Muhammadu Buhari GCFR; the State Governors including Kebbi State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their able response to this pandemic which has affected every facet of our lives. She also acknowledged the unfortunate suspension of the Kebbi Beach Soccer Sallah Tournament this year, but pledged to continue supporting Kebbi Beach Soccer, especially in their efforts to reach out to host communities with palliatives during these trying times.

She further advised that members of Kebbi Beach Soccer continue being model citizens and ambassadors of Kebbi State both locally and Internationally. She said with all sense of purpose that “Kebbi State’s history will not be complete without acknowledging the achievements of Kebbi Beach Soccer”. Dr Zainab also presented them a gift of a historic book showcasing the Kebbi Culture which featured Kebbi Beach Soccer’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming an International Beach Soccer team.

The team delegation also in partnership with the Kebbi State Ministry of Youth and Sports donated health items to the State’s Covid-19 Task Force Committee which was graciously received by the Chairman of the Task Force, Alhaji Ja’afaru Muhammad Zuru (Honourable Commissioner of Health). He expressed his appreciation of the initiative to support the State Government’s efforts in curtailing the Covid-19 pandemic. He also lauded the achievements of Kebbi Beach Soccer in the State and Nigeria as a whole.

The team’s final call was to the Kebbi State Football Association (KBFA) office in Birnin Kebbi to make further donations. On hand to receive the items was non other than the Chairman Kebbi State FA, Honourable Abubakar Chika Ladan who doubles as the State’s Commissioner of Works and Transport. He expressed special gratitude for the concern showed and encouraged the Kebbi Beach Soccer Association to continue working together with the State FA while praying for everyone to get through the pandemic unharmed.

In his remark also the Chairman Kebbi Beach Soccer, Mr Mahmud Hadejia who was unavoidably absent commended the delegation for their efforts and promised that the Foundation will continue to give their support to help curtail the pandemic. The Chairman also appreciated the praises from all their esteemed stakeholders and look forward to the future partnerships and support for a better society.

He welcomed with open arms the request by the Medicaid Cancer Foundation to partner with Kebbi Beach Soccer Foundation to support the host communities with paliatives and sensitization activities. The Chairman said the Association and the Beach Soccer Club would not have been what it is today without support from all stakeholders and he is glad the donations are being appreciated. Mr Hadejia further said “that during these hard times, we had to look inward and appreciate our players and officials also by aiding them with palliatives to help them stay safe”. He finally prayed to almighty God to bring an end to this pandemic and hoped lives are returned back to normal.

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