By Vincess Okushi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has emerged as the winner of a maiden edition of the Nigerian Union of Journalists( NUJ) FCT Correspondents Chapel in a three-day football tournament.

The tournament which ended on Saturday had the Safety Shooters defeated Federal High Court (FHC) 6-5 on penalty to emerge winner at a regulation time 1-1.

Meanwhile, NUJ President Christopher Isiguzo led FCT Correspondents Chapel’s team to defeat Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 3-2 in a keenly contested novelty match played shortly after the final.

The Special Guest of Honor and Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Ali Biu who was represented by the Corps Public Education Officer Bisi Kazeem commended NUJ Correspondents Chapel for her efforts in organizing the tournament.

Describing the sporting activity by the media as a step in the right direction noting that the importance of sport in the country cannot be overemphasized.

Bisi said “This collaboration is not just beginning it started sometime in 2019, I remember very vividly we had the finals in one secondary school in zone three and we won that year too.

“When you talk about a collaboration I think apart from our stakeholders that are union members, we want to give it to the journalists has been one of our major stakeholders who have been propagating our deals, when you look at our functions you will see we have a function known as public education that is out to educate the motorists on how to best use our roads and without the media there is no how we can achieve this function very effectively, so we want to say thank for being there always criticizing us constructively and exposing us to a lot of Publicity.

“Talking about sports you remember that sometime in 2017 we started walking and jogging with one of the immediate past corps marshals, that is Osita Chidoka so we take sports very seriously and this collaboration will continue as far as you continue to call us we will continue to collaborate with you”

On his part, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Christopher Isiguzo commended the leadership of the NUJ FCT Correspondents Chapel describing the tournament as the first of its kind

He said “This exercise organized by the correspondent Chapel is the first time and it simply goes to show the kind of leadership we have in the chapel.

“The leadership believes in coming out with wonderful initiatives, executing them and they are this successful so I must have to congratulate the correspondent’s leadership for putting this together.

“At this time I want to congratulate the participating teams that have taken part in this three-day competition which started on Thursday till today they have to a very large extent demonstrated the spirit of sportsmanship while engaging in this competition.

“Indeed it is so exciting that journalists can come together to exercise, often we work round the clock we hardly have time to unwind, to exercise. Indeed the other participating teams engage in this exercise always but today it is good we all abandoned to come and exercise. We must engage in periodic exercise”.

Also speaking at the event, a Veteran Journalist and Managing Editor of Northern Region The Nation Newspaper, Yusuf Alli praised the FCT NUJ Correspondents Chapel for a job well done.

Alli described the outing as the first of its kind and looked forward to another interesting tournament in the future.

Speaking earlier the Chairman NUJ FCT Correspondents, Jide Oyekunle said the tournament is not tailored to make winning the overall aim but to further boost and strengthen friendly relationships among the participating organizations in the interest of the country.

He stressed the need to leverage sporting activities to bridge the gap and align interests across the board for better working relationships.

According to him ” Today marks a milestone in the history of our Union with the successful hosting of our 3-Day Football Tournament as part of activities to formally unveil our football team ” TEAM CORRESPONDENTS ”

“In the course of carrying out our statutory responsibilities, we cross each other’s paths by commission or omission, which at times may have resulted in misunderstanding and bickering.

“This event will further promote the working relationship, collaboration, and synergy among the participating organizations.

“For us at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, we have played the game and we have succeeded in teaching other participating organizations the rudiments, principles, and fundamentals of soccer ”

The event featured the presentation of trophies to the winning team and sponsors, the presentation of medals, the inauguration of “TEAM CORRESPONDENTS”, the presentation of a customized jersey to the NUJ President, and others.

However, the three days tournament which kicked off on Thursday saw, NDLEA winning NOA by one nil. Other results on the group stage include; NPF 3-0 NMA, FRSC 1-0 NUJ, FHC 2-0 NBA,

FHC defeated NDLEA 2-0 to set up the final against FRSC who also defeated NPF 3-2 on penalty after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time

The tournament was sponsored by Barrister Pelumi Olajengbesi (Managing Partner Law Corridor ), Julius Berger Nigeria, TI’ Bilon Construction, OrderPaper, Red Cross, FCT FA, FCTA, Hypeplug, GMW Insurance Brokers Ltd, A New Thing International Foundation and Ti’. Bilon Healthcare Foundation.Christopher Isiguzo

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