Youths Should Tap The Gold Mine In Sports – NUJ Zone D Vice President

Youths Should Tap The Gold Mine In Sports – NUJ Zone D Vice President

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Activities marking Sports Writers Association of Nigeria ( SWAN), week which commenced Friday with a visit to Abagena IDP camp’s by the EXCO and members to present sporting equipments such as  footballs and jerseys as well as relief materials to the displaced children, ended Saturday, with presentation of awards to deserving individuals including Governor Samuel Ortom, and others who have distinguished themselves in the development of sports in the country.

Declaring the grand finale and the award presentation open at the NUJ house in Makurdi, commissioner for information, culture and tourism Mr Michael Inalegwu, also Chairman of the occasion commended the sports writers for putting together the occasion and assured the members of Government continued support to promote the development of sports in the state.

Delivering a paper tittled: The  Strategic Role of the Media in Stimulating Sports Development in Nigeria, The Benue Example, National Vice President Zone D of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Chris Atsaka, noted that Nigerian youths needed God’s intervention for their eyes to be opened to discover that they were sitting on a gold mine and the need for them to tap  into the many opportunities presented in sports.

The former Sports Editor of the Benue State owned newspaper further argued that aside from other numerous benefits including economic opportunities provided by sports,it was equally a unifying factor most especially in a diversified state like Nigeria with different religious, tribal and cultural backgrounds.

He lamented that as lucrative as the business of sports would seem to be in terms of economic value,it has taken a dangerous dimension with the current practice of betting which has become a way of life for the youths, observing that youths who are used to betting some times engage in criminality when ever they have the need to bet without having money, tasking sports writers to do reports on the positive aspects of sports to discourage those in love with it’s negative side for the benefit of the society.

The National Vice President Zone D, of the NUJ urged youths to channel their energies properly instead of making themselves tools in the hands of politicians to be used as thugs, insisting that the energy they waste into political thuggery for pea nuts could turn them into millionaires in such sports like wrestling, boxing and judo, challenging Nigerian youths to take a queue from sporting personalities like Mike Tyson, Ronaldo and many others.

In a welcome remark, Chairman Sports Writers Association, Benue State branch Comrade John Shiaondo, said the event was put together to remind members of their responsibility to the society in the area of sports as well as for members to keep fit once in a while given the tight nature of their work as journalists and to appreciate the contribution of  some Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in sports development and expressed appreciation to Governor Samuel Ortom, for his support to sporting activities in the state.


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