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By Amaechi Agbo
Sports officials from the Federal Capital Region Council have praised the pragmatic initiatives of the FCT Handball Association in the renovation of the FCT Area 10 handball court.
Sports officials who said this during a discussion with the FCT Handball Association board on April 5 praised board chairman Ambassador Edward Olutoke for his visionary leadership.
Sports officers from Kwali, Kuje, Bwari, Gwagwalada and AMAC councils have expressed hope that the current council will turn around the fortunes of handball in the FCT.
In his speech, Bwari Regional Council Sports Officer Egbunu Jacob said the talks were timely and fruitful.
“I would like to thank the President and the Board of Directors for this great union today. We have seen your commendable leads within a few months in the office. The remodeling of the FCT handball court is very commendable. I have no doubt that this board is the best thin that has come to FCT Handball,” said.
On his part, Abuja City Council, AMAC Sports Officer Mr. Peter Samson commended the Board for its pragmatic initiatives as well as the launch of the Supporters Club, which he said was the first in the sport.
“Today’s meeting is a manifestation of the pragmatic leadership within the Board championed by the able Chairman, Ambassador Edward Olutoke.
“Within a few months of your mandate, you single-handedly remodeled the FCT handball court and launched the FCT Handball Supporters Club. The first of its kind in sports,” he said.
They, however, presented their various challenges in developing and promoting handball in their regions, including lack of funds, lack of training space and lack of sponsorship to host competitions.
Responding on behalf of the FCT Handball Association Board of Directors, the Chairman, Ambassador Edward Olutoke, thanked the sports officials for honoring the invitation, noting that the meeting was productive.
“I want to thank you all for honoring this invitation. I appreciate the respect you give us. We also appreciate your congratulations. You have encouraged us to do more, and that is what we will do,” he said.
On the issues facing handball at the level of the various Zone Councils, Ambassador Olutoke promised that the office will work in synergy with the Sports Officers for the development of handball in the hinterland.
“The problems you mentioned are obvious. We are not going to leave you behind. We will work in synergy for the development of handball through the FCT.
“We will accompany you to develop the sport of handball in your region. We also encourage you to do your best, think outside the box on how we can create synergies to grow the game across your different Councils.
“I also encourage you to keep in touch with us. Whatever challenges you face, let us know. At the same time, make efforts to organize competitions in your communes. Through this you will create awareness and we will come to support you,” he said.
Sports officers from the five regional councils of AMAC, Kwali, Bwari, Kuje and Gwagwalada attended while Abaji registered his absence.