As a way of putting smiles on the faces of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in various camps in Borno State, the African Missions Global (AMG) has commenced its inaugural Sporting festival among IDPs’ camps in the state.
The festival, holding at the Government College, Maiduguri, has eight camps, which include the Teacher’s Village, NYSC, CAN Centre, Dalori, Gubio, LCC Shuwari and Stadium, all within Maiduguri metropolis, competing for medals.
The IDPs from the competing camps would vie for medals in football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and athletics, among others. The Sport, which kicks off with a football match between Bakasi IDPs’ camp and CAN centre IDPs’ camp, is expected to end in March.
Speaking on the competition, the North-East Coordinator of African Missions Global, Dr Sesan Akinnawo, said it was introduced to fend off youths from idleness and crimes.
“Some of the youths are idle and because of idleness they are involved in crimes. In order to keep them busy and divert their energies into positive use African Missions Global came up with encouraging sporting activities and competition,” Akinnawo said.
He noted that each of the eight camps had been given sport equipment for table tennis, football, basketball and volley ball.
Akinnawo said the materials could be used even after the competition, stressing that they already had a sport coordinator in each of the camps to help them IDPs in the various sports.
Speaking on the development, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, said the Borno State Government was appreciative of the initiative by African Mission Global.
She commended its foresight and asked that all public-spirited corporate and private individuals to come out and assist displaced persons in the State.