In demonstration of its support for youth and sports development in Nigeria, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has thrown its weight behind the Nigeria College of Education Games (NICEGA) by donating cash and gift items to support the tournament.
The 2014 edition of the inter-college tournament which kicked off this week is being hosted by Niger State College of Education, Minna and will involve Colleges of Education across the country.
Speaking on Airtel’s support, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, noted that sports not only serves as a vehicle through which thousands of Nigerian youths can be helped to discover their talents and achieve their dreams, it is also an activity which keeps youths away from vices.
“At Airtel we are deeply passionate about providing opportunities and platforms through which Nigerian youths can discover their skills. Airtel has been in the forefront of youths and sport development in Nigeria and we believe that there are still millions of untapped talents needing the right opportunities and support for discovery and exposure. This forms the bedrock of our resolve to continually strive at creating avenues,” Mr. Ogunsanya said.
Airtel’s Regional Operations Director, North, Mr. Wole Abu who presented the cash donation to the chairman of the organising committee Prof. Farouk Haruna Abdulrasheed who is also the provost of Niger State College of Education, presented also, branded gifts items including Shirts, Wrist bands, Bandana, Fez Caps among others.
Mr. Abu also revealed Airtel plans to deploy other items including banners and Airtel branded canopies within the venue of the competition to assist in adding colour and creating awareness about the games.
It is on record that Airtel Nigeria continually sponsors laudable initiatives such as the Airtel Rising Stars football tournament, Airtel One Mic, Nigeria’s Got Talent and the newly created Airtel Trace Music Star with the aim of supporting youths in Nigeria towards achieving their dreams.
This year’s edition of NICEGA involves over 90 Colleges of Education across the country which will participate in 18 games including football, volley ball, table tennis, basketball, scrabble, and athletics among other sports. The first edition of NATCEGA, as it was then referred, was hosted by Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri in 1978.