Daar Communications Plc owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM have pledged their 100% support for the delivery of the Elite Athlete Development Grant initiative midwived by the Nigeria Sports
Development Fund Inc (NSDFI).
Speaking when he received the management team of the NSDFI in his office in Abuja, mr Tony Akiotu thanked them for this great initiative. “I am not too sure if this is not one of the best structures which gives an athlete hope beyond the immediate gains. You have peeped into their future with not just an insurance cover but an annuity plan. These are great concepts.”
Akiotu who was a member of the NSDFI team at the very inception in 1994 recalled how “we starved ourselves when we raised the fund from where we funded our participation in the African Nation Cup in Tunisia which we won, the World Cup where we did well and the preparation to reach the golden era of our Olympic participation.
“With the new initiative you have devised, it is obvious this is a product of critical thinking. You have brought your personal experiences to play. Every Nigerian deserves to support you. Moreso, it is a cost that even an okada rider
can contribute, just N200.00
In Daar Communications Plc, we are always a partner to any project that will enhance humanity, add value to our nation and make our viewers and listeners feel so proud of us. We are firstly a business organization but when we see projects like this, we have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) to see how we can advance the course of making our nation better its poor Olympic marks.
Speaking earlier, the Director General, Mr Olajide Fashikun told his host, “the legacies you left in the NSDFI are bold and gilded. Our files show how great your team acted in the best interest of the nation. Now that we are set to go public again, it is incumbent that we brief you as a person and as the Group Managing Director of one of the best private media organization in the country seek your massive support to us.”
Chief Mary Onyali the Executive Director (Technical) of NSDFI told their hosts “I was a living witness to their support to us in 1994. Today, I am on the other side. With our plans some athletes will surprise the nation and themselves in Tokyo. Secondly, we have started preparations for the 2024 Olympics.
She added, “we have shortlisted 30 athletes that were in Algeria for the African Youth Games. They shall enjoy a N5million yearly grant for 2019/2020 and the 2020/2021 seasons. If they meet our standards, they will be entitled to a four year grant of N50million.
Others on the NSDFI team include the ED (Services) Mr Abdulfatai Adeshina, Coach Ibrahim Omale (National Coordinator). (Gongnews)