As part of efforts to ensure the success of the 2018 Annual National Sports Festival billed to hold in Abuja, the nation’s capital city from 6th December to 16thDecember, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa,who also doubled as the Chairman of the Committee has inaugurated a 15-man committee to ensure the event is hitch-free and befitting for a capital city .
While inaugurating the Committee on Friday in his office at Garki, Abuja, the Permanent Secretary explained that the event would boost the economic potentials of the city, add colour to the city and also enhance the image of the FCT.
He said: ‘This event will add colour to our city, boost the image of the Federal Capital Territory as a sport loving city and grow our economy.”
According to the Permanent Secretary, the FCT Administration is privileged for FCT to be chosen as the host for the 2018 National Sports Festival, after several failed attempts to host the event in other states of the federation.
He further remarked that though, FCT is not fully responsible for the hosting, however, as a major partner, the FCT Administration has been assigned special responsibilities.
The Permanent Secretary reeled out the Committee’s terms of reference to include: provision of security, transportation and game services.
“Although, the hosting is not entirely the responsibility of FCT, we have been charged with the task of taking care of four major areas as the major partner. The areas are security, opening and closing ceremony, game services and transportation. This is out of the 17th major areas concern with the hosting of the game. This is a huge and enormous task which must be undertaken with every seriousness and all sense of responsibility, he explained.”
While delivering a vote of thanks, the Vice Chairman of the Committee, Mr.Oladimeji Ali Hassan thanked the FCT Administration for the honour to take part in such a national assignment. While promising to deliver on the Committee’s mandate.
Other members of the Committee include: the Secretary of Education Secretariat ,Secretary, Health and Human Services,Secretary,Transportation,Secretary,of Area Council Services Secretariat Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Director of Information ,Chief Press Secretary to FCT Minister, Director of Treasury, Director of Security, Director of Sports, Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Director of Facility Management and Chief of Protocol.
Tony Odey Press Officer to Permanent Secretary, FCT