Amnesty Office Partners Soccer Academy to Enrol 200 N’Delta Ex-agitators

first_imgNdubuisi Francis in AbujaNo fewer than 200 Niger Delta Ex-agitators are billed for enrolment into all-encompassing sports programme under the SIA’One Soccer Academy run by ex-international and one-time coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia. The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (rtd), who made the disclosure in Abuja Thursday, said sports was a veritable instrument for engaging the youths as well as social integration.Speaking when officials of the SIA ‘One Soccer Academy paid him a courtesy, Boroh said the collaboration between PAP and the SIA’One Soccer Academy was aimed at including the youth in the peace-building process in the region as well as reintegrating some of the ex-agitators and other youths in the Niger Delta region.The presidential aide was quick to point out that sports remained among the most remarkable and enduring cultures of Niger Delta people and community life.According to him, sports act as some of the few activities that could be harnessed to promote unity and ginger the patriot spirit and patriotism of the region.His words: “Sport is a language that everyone can understand and relate with. Sport is important for healthy living, personal development and social bonding. Sport is also a leisure activity that all can enjoy.“It keeps us physically fit, builds character, and bonds family and friends. At its best, sports can bring people together, no matter what our race, background, or economic status.“This is why we want to give our beneficiaries the opportunity to experience sports and live better through sports, whether as a professional sportsperson, amateur player, spectator or volunteer,” he said.“What we can do is to encourage a sporting lifestyle, not just for individuals, but also in our communities.“We have two broad strategies. The first strategy is to enhance our sports facilities in the Niger Delta region.This is crucial to meeting the sporting and fitness needs of the region,” Boroh stated.In his remarks, Mr. Samson Siasia identified sports as the biggest tool of engaging the youth and the most potent unifying force in Nigeria..He applauded the Amnesty Office for initiating such a laudable initiative to engage the ex-agitators and other youths of the region in sports.Also in his remarks, the Founder/CEO, To-Be-Connected Nigeria, a project and business platform aimed at mobilising talents, innovations, research and creativity of Nigerians for collaboration and commercialisation with the local and global industry, Hon. Faruk Yabo, said he was happy to be part of the positive change.He said the group sees sports as one of the avenues to create employment, adding that sports provide the needed raw material for job creationShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Grades: Utter domination from UW

first_imgRunning back Montee Ball posted a career day against the Hoosiers, running for 167 yards while crossing the goal line three times.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will analyze the most recent Wisconsin football game and hand out grades for each position group on a scale from zero to five. Let’s examine how the Badgers fared in their record-breaking 83-20 win over Indiana.Quarterbacks – 5 out of 5When Nate Tice finds the endzone on a 17-yard naked bootleg you know the quarterbacks have had a pretty perfect day. Tice scored the final touchdown of the day for the Badgers but the guys above him on the depth chart set the tone. Scott Tolzien had just three incompletions on a day where he threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Jon Budmayr also got some action and completed a 79-yard bomb to Jared Abbrederis for his first career touchdown pass.Running backs – 5 out of 5It was another terrific performance for the UW running backs, even with star John Clay watching from the sidelines. Montee Ball set a new career-high with 167 yards on the ground and the sophomore scored three touchdowns. James White looked fresh after a week off due to injury and the freshman ran for 148 yards and two scores. Both backs ran at an astounding 7.6 yards per carry average.Tight ends – 5 out of 5There is a trend developing here. The Badger tight ends continue the streak of perfection thanks to the efforts of Lance Kendricks and Jake Byrne. Kendricks hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien and piled up 47 yards receiving. Byrne grabbed his first touchdown score with a 2-yard grab and the junior also recorded a nice 16-yard reception.Wide Receivers – 5 out of 5It’s hard to find any disappointing performances when an offense puts up 83 points. The wide receivers weren’t a huge part of the offense, especially when the game got out of reach, but they were very effective. Nick Toon finally caught his first touchdown pass and Abbrederis made a great play on the ball for his 79-yarder. David Gilreath was spectacular in the return game once again and the senior caught three balls for 41 yards.Offensive line – 5 out of 5Yet another five for the five maulers up front. The Badger running backs racked up the yardage but the UW O-line opened up gargantuan holes. It seemed like Tice could have lined up in the backfield and ran for 100 yards with that kind of blocking. Bill Nagy was particularly impressive starting at center in place of Pete Konz and the second stringers didn’t miss a beat when their names were called. Wisconsin absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage and it showed on the scoreboard.Defensive line – 4 out of 5Indiana running back Nick Turner spoiled the day for the UW D-line. Turner ran for 106 yards on just 11 carries including a 67-yard scamper in the first quarter. The defensive line turned it on however, and started forcing turnovers. Louis Nzegwu, who had the only sack for UW, forced a fumble and had two tackles for loss. J.J. Watt recovered two fumbles and also grabbed two more tackles in the backfield.Linebackers – 4 out of 5Not much to say about the linebackers Saturday. Starters Blake Sorensen, Culmer St. Jean and Mike Taylor had just six tackles combined and they take some of the blame for the Hoosiers’ early success on the ground. The linebackers just didn’t have very many plays come their way but they were solid when they had to be.Secondary – 4.5 out of 5IU starting quarterback Ben Chappell had some success before his injury, tossing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tandon Doss, but once he left the game the Badger secondary clamped down on the backups. Dusty Kiel was just 1-for-7 and on one of those incompletions fell to Badger safety Aaron Henry who took it in for six. Antonio Fenelus was active once again, recording a team-high five tackles and forcing a fumble.Specialists – 5 out of 5Brad Nortman didn’t even need to dress. The UW punter wasn’t needed as the Badgers scored on all 12 possessions. Kicker Phillip Welch got some action kicking all those extra points and the junior connected on both of his field goal attempts.last_img read more

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