Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has again broken another sports jinx after the National Institute For Sports NIS held its 7th Convocation for students who graduated from 2005 to 2018.
The Minister of Youth and Sports who was the a special guest at the graduation ceremony of 1,500 coaches and Sports administrators expressed delight that after 14 years of waiting, the ceremony eventually took place under his watch.
“Today is another milestone in our efforts to revive the sports traditions in Nigeria. We had revived the National Sports Festival after six years in the doldrums and today we had a Convocation of the National Institute for Sports after 14 years. For me, it is a thing of joy especially sharing the joy of the graduands, some of whom had graduated over 14 years ago, waiting helplessly for this day.
“I congratulate all the graduands, Governing Council and the Management of the NÍS and all those who made this historic event a reality. This event becomes a second addition to virtually moribund programs within the system of the Ministry resuscitated during my tenure with the first being the National Sports Festival. The management of the Institute under the leadership of the Director Dr Eke Kingdom has lived to realize some of the targets I set for them and I will commend him for this achievement.
The Minister said that the Governing Council of the NIS was inaugurated in March 2018 under the leadership of Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima (MFR) to give direction and sustain the leadership of NIS in the areas of Sports Research, Coaching and Management.
“During their inauguration, I charged the Council to chart a new course for the Institute to ensure that it not only regains its status as the Premier Sports Institute in the country but also the best sports training institution in Africa.”
Barrister Dalung also charged the graduands to discourage the use of performance enhancing drugs by athletes and key into the the silent revolution being witnessed in the sports sector in the last three and half years under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with focus on nurturing sports talents at the grassroots.
In his address, the Director of the NIS Dr Chukwudi Kingdom Eke paid glowing tributes to the Minister, the Chairman of the Governing Council Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima and the Permanent Secretary Mr Olusade Adesola for the recently recorded milestone.
This includes an extensive review of the Institute’s curriculum, acquisition of vehicles, renovation work on hostels and offices and ongoing process of accreditation exercise and rebranding of the institute.
“However, permit me to appeal to the Federal government for an upgrade on the Institute Research and Sports Science Laboratory, Library, sporting facilities and procurement of utility vehicles for field work in order to facilitate the attainment of the goals and objectives of the Institute”.
The NIS also used the occasion to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Institute.