The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, has described the Rio Olympic Games Nigeria House Project as a new dawn in sports business.
Omeri made the statement during a courtesy call by the Nigeria House Committee Project on Rio 2016 Olympics in his office at the Area 1 National Secretariat.
He said he is happy because the committee deemed it fit to visit the NOA underscoring the importance and how strategic the agency is in mobilizing Nigerians regarding the task ahead.
“I am happy with your visit which underscores the importance of who we are and what the NOA can do. I believe if there are two members in your sub-committee one should come from the NOA because of how strategic we are to actualise this project. The NOA remains at the vanguard of promoting whatever is good about Nigeria, it’s people, our culture, landscape and everything. This government had talked about employment and poverty alleviation, therefore everything we do should be targeted at escaping from poverty and our youths taken away from social vices for the good of the society. I see what you are doing as further implementing the policy of this government. If there was no policy you won’t be here.”
Accepting to partner with the Nigeria House Project Committee, Omeri directed that a senior officer in the agency be attached to a sub-committee in the project to ensure synergy between both bodies.
“So, we will partner and work with you to ensure that our youths who have talents and capacity in sports can do something else with their energy and engage gainfully in sports. If they cannot work in government, there is good opportunity in sports. Some people that have become world renowned and legends in the world came through sports and gone are the days where we thought sports are for drop outs. Today, the best athletes are professionals and those who have gone to school and we have plenty of such people in Nigeria. I will immediately send a representative of our agency to join your committee because we believe in what you are doing.
Therefore, for me, part of the build up is to have a National Summit on National Orientation Youth Sports and Entrepreneurship so that more people can come and participate in it. I am impressed that you are planning to go to the Olympics and showcase our culture and traditional sports because when you go to the Olympics there are a lot of sports competed at that level that does not showcase our tradition and culture. So, why can’t our own traditional sports be part of them? There are so many of them better than some sports we participate in during the Olympics. I am happy and very committed to it, this Olympics will be better for Nigeria because we are experiencing a new dawn. The agency will participate actively in all the plans”
Earlier, while briefing the DG NOA, Project Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Nigeria House Project, Mohammed Abdullahi his host that the committee was there specifically to seek his agency’s support in the promotion and awareness of the hospitality business of sports through the Olympics.
” We see the NOA as a key sector to partner with. We have a mandate to promote the image of this country through sporting activities. Olympics is a forum where you have over 205 countries coming to one venue and I think it is one of the best avenues to reach the world and project the image of the country. We also find it as a very conducive business environment to match make investors and Nigerians who also have something to offer. Countries are already on ground in Rio to secure space to do the same things we are going to do in Rio. For Nigeria, we have a lot to sell, a lot to expose and have so much aside the oil sector to showcase and this is the major aspect of the business taking us to Rio.
“We shall also use the platform to showcase our traditional sports because if you go through the history of the Olympics and round the world, non of the forty two (42) Olympic sports can trace its history to Africa.”