RMRDC Sports Club Congress Pledges to Sustain Tempo of Activities

By Austin Agbamuche, Sports Editor on June 22, 2022

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The Sports Club congress of Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) rose from its quarterly meeting recently in Abuja with a firm pledge to sustain the tempo activities on its monthly Walking/Jogging Exercise, Keep-fit exercise in the gym and its training for up-coming national sports events.   

The members at the congress meeting which drew a large attendance took turns to commend the executive committee currently led by the chairman, Mr. Lapai Umar Batako, for successfully hosting Abuja 2022 of the 17th edition of the Research Institutes Games Association of Nigeria (RIGAN).

Over 998 contingents drawn from 23 research institutes competed for medals and trophies in indoor and outdoor sporting events. The games was widely adjudged as very successful taking into account the strike embarked upon by research institutes in the country for which RIGAN is an umbrella body.

The chairman of the RMRDC Sports Club, Mr. Lapai Batako thanked the members for creating time to attend the meeting and particularly commended them for their various contributions towards the success of the last RIGAN games festival hosted by RMRDC in Abuja where the agency did very well by defeating the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Benin in the soccer finals to win the coveted Gold medal.  

Shortly after the Report on the successful 2021 RIGAN Games was presented by the secretary-general, Mr. E. Aperua, came a torrent of comments and remarks by a cross-section of the members who took turns to commend the executive committee for a job well done.  

It will be recalled that research institutes which participated in the games included FRIN, NVRI, IAR & T/OAU in Ibadan, NAERLS/ABU in Zaria, NIS in Lagos, NIFOR, NBRRI in Abuja, NIFFRI in New Bussa, NAPRI/ABU in Zaria, NARICTS in Zaria, NASRDA in Abuja, IAR/ABU in Zaria, CRIN in Ibadan, NSORI in Ilorin, NIOMR in Lagos, NERDC, NITT in Zaria, NILEST in Zaria, PRODA in Enugu, NISER, NCRI in Badeggi, and NIPPS in Jos, among others.     

Mr. Batako assured the members that his executive committee was committed to working towards more successes in the activities of the Sports Club in the nearest future, stressing the need for the members to continue to show more support to the RMRDC management. He said that the management had displayed tremendous interest in the success of the Sports Club for which he requested the cooperation and prayers of the members.  

The members of the Sports Club used the opportunity of the congress meeting to congratulate themselves for putting up a great showing at the series of events at the RIGAN games festival which was declared open by the immediate past Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation (now Minister of Environment), Hon. Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi.

They unanimously expressed appreciation to the RMRDC management headed by the DG/CEO, Professor Hussaini Ibrahim Doko whose moral support, assistance and understanding they said was largely responsible for the huge success of the RIGAN games and other laudable projects of the Sports Club.

‘’Our sports-loving DG/CEO, Professor Hussaini Doko Ibrahim gave us the necessary support and assistance which largely contributed to the success of the RIGAN games festival. In practical terms, he provided the game changer. Besides, he has been the reason why the current exco under me has been able to revive RMRDC Sports Club after years of inaction and coma. 

‘’He deserves our appreciation and our greater commitment to productivity in his efforts to achieve success in meeting the statutory goals and objectives of the RMRDC’’, remarked Mr. Lapai Umar Batako in his speech which was greeted with rounds of applause and a standing ovation that shook the agency’s Main Auditorium, venue of the congress meeting.

He informed the meeting that arrangements were being finalized by his executive council to commence training in July for the forth-coming 41st edition of FEPSGA games after the Eid-el-Kabir Sallah celebrations. It will be recalled that FEPSGA games for all Federal Public Service institutions in the country was established in 1980.

A commentator, Mr. Emeka Nwankpa yesterday noted that since the emergence of the Lapai Batako-led executive, RMRDC under Professor Hussain Doko Ibrahim has invested meaningfully in sports development in RMRDC to nurture and promote a mentally fit, physically healthy and highly motivated workforce for efficient and effective service delivery. 

According to him, the Sports Club has also maintained strict compliance with Federal Government’s monthly Walking/Jogging/Keep fit exercise for all public servants in the various MDA sports, describing It as a veritable tool for the promotion of mental alertness, physical fitness and motivated workforce.

‘’Today the average Nigerian public servant is a potential sportsman or woman, courtesy of the laudable establishment and consistent hosting of laudable tournaments such as RIGAN and FEPSGA . Of the two all sporting events, RIGAN has received overwhelming acclaim particularly judging from the excellent hosting which RMRDC displayed recently in Abuja. 

‘’The inherent beauty of the games as a melting pot of Nigeria’s diversity is its openness to people of different ethnic orientations, cultures, religion as well as all public services, institutions and establishments under one umbrella of friendship and co-existence, giving the civil and public servants the needed opportunity to keep fit, interact, exchange notes and ideas and make acquaintances during and after the games’’, he said.



Posted on June, 22 2022

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