Special Olympics Nigeria Launches ‘Sports for Hope’ Initiative

first_imgTeams from Surulere and Bariga engaged in the game of football and volleyball with the Bariga team emerging winners.There was also a dance competition and a motivational speech.Speaking at the event, Special Olympics Sports Programmes Manager, Adeola Oladugba, commended parents for joining the Special Olympics team in making the event a success.In an interview with the Special Olympics Initiatives Manager, Ibiyemi Ayeni, the ‘Sports for Hope’ initiative will hold weekly meetings in each community where beneficiaries will establish a healthy lifestyle through sports training and competitions such as football and volleyball.She also said the initiative will engage participants in educational and motivational sessions covering topics in Mental Health, Nutrition, as well as Entrepreneurship designed to equip and inspire them to make better life choices.“The programme will also drive inclusion in these communities as participants with and without intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to interact and build friendships through sports training and information sessions,” she added.According to the programme of the initiative, a grand finale that will feature both football and volleyball tournaments have been scheduled to take place in November this year.Special Olympics Nigeria is part of a worldwide movement aimed at changing the misconceptions individuals have about people with intellectual disabilities (PWID) through various sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Special Olympics Nigeria in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Nigeria through its Innovative Projects of Civil Societies and Coalitions of Actors (PISCCA) funds at the weekend launched an initiative tagged the ‘Sports for Hope’.The initiative launched at the Igbobi College, Lagos, is a unified outreach programme targeted at people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and people without intellectual disabilities (partners) with the goal to create avenues for inclusion, psychological empowerment, and health improvement.Its goal is to reach a total of 360 individual with disabilities as well as 140 individuals without disabilities in communities such as Agege, Ajegunle, Bariga, Ikorodu, Isale Eko, Isolo, Mushin and Surulere in Lagos State.last_img read more

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Kumasi to host 2013 Unity Games:Otumfour Elated

first_imgThe Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II has commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) for choosing Kumasi as the venue for the UNITY GAMES 2013.He expressed his gratitude to the organisers, NSA, and further appealed to the Government to increase its budget allocation for sports development in the country.Otumfour made the observations when the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon Ankrah paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi, ahead of this year’s National Sports Festival, dubbed Unity Games 2013.He finally appealed to corporate organisations, especially those within the Ashanti Region to get on board to support this worthy course.The Minister was accompanied by the Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Acting Director General of NSA, Madam Alice Attipoe, the Public Affairs Manager, Hamah Hamid Issakah, among others.At the launch of the Games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumais, Hon Afriyie Ankrah has reiterated the need to help build social, cultural and political bridges of unity and harmonious relationship in the country. Launching this year’s National Sports Festival dubbed ‘National Unity Games 2013’ at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, the Minister said the games will also serve as a platform for the identification and discovery of budding talents.This year’s Games will be under the theme, ‘Sports For Unity, Peace and Development’ would be held from August 11-18, 2013, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) will be the Games Village, while the KNUST Swimming Pool will host the swimming championships.The Minister announced that the region will play host to over 4,000 Athletes, Coaches, Technical and Sports Administrators from across the country.He said the talents identified will be nurtured and trained so as to get a formidable contingent capable of winning laurels for Ghana at the Commonwealth Games 2014 slated for Glasgow, Scotland. The Minister assured the Regional Sports Directors of the National Sports Authority of the Ministry’s unflinching commitment to providing equal opportunities to all the sporting disciplines whilst working to provide the requisite infrastructure and facilities to enable national athletes compete to the desired international levels.last_img read more

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Joint Services October salary delayed

first_img…“inaccurate filing” blamed…payments made late WednesdayThe reshuffling of personnel within various security sector agencies has caused a glitch in the payroll system, thus resulting in a delay of salaries for several members of the Joint Services.Among the agencies affected were the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Prison Service (GPS).However, Guyana Times understands that issue has been sorted out and those affected were given their salaries late Wednesday.“I understand that it has been corrected and everybody will be paid, I think, today (Wednesday)… My PS (Permanent Secretary Daniella Mc Calmon) has been handling that matter along with some officials from the Ministry of Finance,” Ramjattan related to this newspaper when contacted on Wednesday.According to the Public Security Minister, the issue stemmed from incorrect fillingPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanof reshufflings within the affected agencies.“There were some postings and relocations of officers of CANU and some [Prisons] Service people, and that was not done to the satisfaction of the Ministry of Finance,” Minister Ramjattan explained.On Tuesday, a circular from the Public Security Minister, which found its way on social media, was issued, informing the Joint Services agencies that their October salary has been delayed due to insufficient funds.The document, titled ‘Payment of salaries for October 2018’ and dated October 22 – the same day salary was due –, was signed by PS Mc Calmon and sent to the heads of the Guyana Forensic Laboratory; Guyana Prison Service; Guyana Fire Service; the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA); the Juvenile Holding Centre; the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit.It states, “I refer to the caption and wish to regrettably inform you, that there is a delay in the payment of salaries for the month of October 2018 due to insufficient funds as a result of new appointments. The Ministry is working assiduously with the Ministry of Finance to ensure salaries are paid at the earliest possible time.”Inaccurate informationHowever, Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Wednesday claimed that the delays were in fact caused by the submission of inaccurate information and not by unavailable finances.In a statement to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Jordan said theFinance Minister Winston JordanPublic Security Ministry’s payroll was released to the Finance Ministry on October 18, 2018, while a request for 6141 and Virements was received the following day with insufficient information.He went on to say that a request for additional information was satisfied after 17:00h and a letter for Budget approval sent to the Director of Budget on Monday, October 22, 2018. According to the Minister, approval was granted, and the funds released the same day.However, Jordan noted that attempts to import the payroll on Tuesday, October 23 highlighted several errors resulting from incorrect postings during the year.According to the Finance Minister, staff worked into the night to correct the detected errors. He said the staff of the Public Security Ministry were unable to assist in the process with necessary explanations despite being provided with tables and demonstrations from the technical staff of the Ministry of Finance, for hours.The result, he posited, was the inability to process the Public Security Ministry’s payroll to date.Nevertheless, Minister Jordan had assured that the processing of the payroll continued on Wednesday with staff from the two ministries working to rectify all errors and ensure salaries are paid to the joint services.Trouble at the Public Security MinistryThis situation is not the first salary-related trouble the Public Security Ministry has found itself in. In fact, the recently released Auditor General’s 2017 report revealedThe letter circulated to the agencies informing them of the salary delaysthat some staff members have been overpaid by millions, prompting the Ministry to seek help from the Attorney General to recover the money.According to the Auditor General’s report, 10 public servants were overpaid in that fiscal year by $1.3 million. While some of the money was subsequently recovered, some $1.1 million is still outstanding.Monies were also outstanding from the previous year. According to the report, overpayments totalling $2.5 million were made. Some of that money has also been recovered, leaving approximately $1.5 million in limbo.The Auditor General’s report went on to outline that a pay change mix-up with the Central Accounting Unit at the Ministry is responsible for the overpayments. In its recommendations, the Auditor General urged the Ministry to continue in its efforts to recover the money. In addition, the office recommended that the interface with the Central Accounting Unit be enhanced to prevent recurrences.Nevertheless, the Public Security Ministry revealed that they have sought the help of the Attorney General Chambers to recover the outstanding monies.Overpayments of salaries to staff are not isolated incidents. Nor are they limited to Ministries.In fact, hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries were overpaid to staff of the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Administration, and this was flagged by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) earlier this year – a situation which indicates that not much has changed since the Auditor General found in its 2016 report, similar overpayment of salaries the prior year.last_img read more

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