Edo’s Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, says the state government has measures in place to deal with viruses such as coronavirus in case they threaten the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF).
Shaibu, who gave the assurance in Benin on Saturday at the state’s Infectious Disease Isolation Centre, Department of Disease Control, said the state had effectively dealt with Lassa fever.
“We dealt with other issues which seemed bigger than this, and coronavirus will be no exception,’’ he said.
Shaibu spoke shortly after he conducted the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Gabriel Aduda, who represented the minister, Sunday Dare, at an event in Benin.
“The issue of coronavirus is one issue we all must deal with. When you have over 11,000 people in the city as your responsibility, you have to put all mechanisms in place to guarantee their safety and their health.
“We in Edo already have measures to deal with various issues like coronavirus, because Lassa fever has been a major issue. This centre was built for Lassa fever and it’s going to be used now if need be for any case of COVID-19.
“This centre will be used to isolate and treat any issues of Lassa fever or coronavirus. We are going round to inspect all our facilities in preparation for the 20th NSF and take all the necessary measures.
“We decided to bring members of Main Organising Committee (MOC) to this centre, being one of the facilities that will be dedicated for the purpose of the NSF in case there are any issues related to Lassa or coronavirus.”
While responding, Aduda congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki and Shaibu for the impressive work they had done in preparation for the hosting of the NSF.
“Their foresight is indeed amazing, because we have not only looked at the fast pace of work but we have also seen that the state is ready just in case there is any case of coronavirus during the festival.
“But we are not praying for it. However, it’s also very gratifying that the state is ready and even has an isolation centre for any outbreak,” he said.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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