The Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGOF) has awarded various categories of gifts to its sportspersons that won various medals at the just concluded Federal Public Service Games (FEPSGA) held in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Speaking during the award ceremony which took place at OSGOF premises in Abuja on Tuesday, the Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF), Surveyor Taiwo S. Adeniran, a sports enthusiast said sports should be taken as a way of life for workers especially to stay healthy and contribute usefully to the economy.
The SGOF urged all the directors and staff of OSGoF to henceforth take sports seriously and ensure to always participate in the monthly jog being encouraged by Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
He says, “The world is a basket of sorrow punctuated by celebration, and such celebration to an extent is the oil that runs life.” He explained that celebration produces joy for peace of the mind that helps one makes progress, noting that the celebration was to honour OSGoF staff that performed creditably at the 2019 FEPSGA.
Surveyor Taiwo announced that of the 90 MDAs that competed in various games, OSGoF came 6th with 2 Gold Medals, 8 Silver, and 4 Bronze Medals. He said his tenure would continue to encourage sports and healthy living.
National President of FEPSGA, Mr. Aloku Amaebi in his speech disclosed that efforts were being made to see that FEPSGA would be producing athletes that would be representing Nigeria like the Military and Para-Military have done. He also disclosed that records have shown that the performances at FEPSGA equate that of the National Sports Festival while commending the SGoF for his enthusiasm and support that induced the feat recorded by OSGoF.
The Director of human Resource Management at OSGoF, Mr. Igbokwe Felix Onyehira said the feat achieved by the sportspersons of OSGoF came with huge sacrifice, and as such the celebration was to encourage them so that efforts were not wasted.
Acting Manager of the OSGoF Team, Surveyor Yusuf Maisamari mentioned that 33 persons from OSGoF featured at the 2019 FEPSGA to return with 14 medals unlike at the 2016 where only 10 went to fetch 3 medals.
He thanked the SGoF, Surveyor Taiwo for his encouragement and pledged that OSGoF sportspersons would put in more efforts to uplift the name of OSGoF in sports.
Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of various awards and gifts to the Gold Medalists, Surveyor Sigah Timi Martins for the Swimming, Individual Medley 200M; and Surveyor Naiyeju Ayodeji for the Track, 800M by the SGoF, supported by the National President, FEPSGA. The directors and other dignitaries also made presentations to Godwin Gorado, Jonathan Fidelis Morgan, Sigah Timi Martins and Tymon Ebi-Ere for winning Silver Medals in Swimming and Relay. Surveyor Soladoye Isaac and Mrs. Asabe Hassan were also awarded for claiming Silver Medals in Ayoo game, Mixed Double. Jonathan Fidelis Morgan got Silver medal for Swimming in breast Stroke, 100M, and Surveyor Naiyeju Ayodeji for Long jump.
The Bronze Medalists also consist of Surveyor Egbon Friday and Peter Zira in Scrabble, Double, and Sigah Timi Martins who again won in the Freestyle swimming, 50M and Breast Stroke, 200M
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