Police Sweeps OSOM Games Medal, Finish with 41 Gold

By Our Correspondent

Besides emerging tops at the One Service One Medal (OAOM) Games which ended in Kaduna on Tuesday December 4, 2018, Officers and Men of the Nigerian Police Force added colour to the closing ceremony of the third edition of the games.

The Nigerian Police Force garnered a total of 41 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze to emerge champions of the third OSOM Games.

Nigerian Prisons Service claimed 8 gold, 20 silver, 14 bronze to finish second, while the Nigerian Fire Service gathered 5 gold, 14 silver, 18 bronze medals to place third.

The Police band provided the beats for the march past, which the Police also dominated with about three different teams.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdurrahman who supervised the tug of war and the March Past also watched a display from the Nigerian Police anti-riot squad.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Adesola described the One Service One Medal (OSOM) Games as an avenue to discover talents that will make the country proud.

“Your participation here is not in vain. It is not all about winning medals, but developing of talents and bonding of friendship by military and para military agencies,” he added.

The Permanent Secretary, represented by Mr. Stanley Okebubu assured that the ministry will in line of its policy thrust, continue to develop grassroots sports.

In the invitational relay aimed at motivating athletes in secondary schools, Faith Academy Kaduna finished first in the male category, second position was claimed by St. Michael Academy, while Bethel Baptist High School placed third.

The girls category saw Faith Academy Kaduna win gold, Our Lady of Fatima Girls Secondary School claimed silver, while Jupavi Schools finished third.

The event which started on November 30, featured seven sports and attracted 360 athletes and officials.

The OSOM Games was initiated as a result of Nigeria’s poor outing at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The first edition was held in Kaduna in 2014 with a total of 329 athletes.

Its objectives include identifying and developing high performance athletes for the country.

It is also aimed at developing friendly relationship among the officers and men of the military and para military agencies in the country.

Resume Sales of NNN Property – Staff, Retiree Urges Northern Governors

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

Retirees and staff of New Nigerian Newspapers Limited, has urged the Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), to resume the process of selling off property of the company to pay working and retired staff under their liability to solve the aged long problem of the company.

The NSGF, had commenced the sales of of the the company property in 2017, but stopped the process when the company’s pensioners went to court to stop the process pending when the Federal Government will commence their payment of their benefits and monthly pension.

Communiqué issued by Staff and Retired workers at the of their congress, signed by acting Chairman, Nicholas Dekera and Ibrahim Adamu the Secretary, acknowledged the commencement of payment of pensioners by the Federal Government, commending FG and NSGF, for their intervention by ensuring final take off of the pension payment.

Congress however frowned at the un-uniformity of the payment as some pensioners were paid less than what they were expecting in view of this development, congress has urged the Federal Government, pension payment Agency and all Authorities concerned to crosscheck their records and ensuring that necessary amendments are made to correct figures and ensure no pensioner was short-changed.

According to the communique, “in order to fast track the process of having Governors of Nineteen Northern States to resume the process of liquidating assets of the company in order to pay staff their entitlements, congress has constituted a seven member committee to mobilize all resources together by meeting and finding the way forward and best option towards actualizing the ultimate goals of staff getting their entitlements from the Northern State governors.

“Congress has also urged staff of the company particularly beneficiaries of the FG pension to contribute financially towards the cause of the struggle to get staff their entitlements from the Northern states Governors.

“Congress has again noted with sadness the loss of several of its members who have succumbed to life threatening aliments due to lack of medical care as a result of non-payment of salaries.”