FCT Handball Association Creates Area Council Leadership For Grassroots Development

FCT Handball Association Creates Area Council Leadership For Grassroots Development

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It is concerted efforts to upscale the development of handball at every nooks and crannies in the nation’s capital, the FCT Handball Association have created Area Council Board to oversee the development of the sport at the grassroots.

The Chairman of the FCT Handball Association, Ambassador Edward Olutoke who announced the creation of the Area Council Handball boards in a parley with the six Area councils Sports officers on Tuesday in Abuja, said it is in line with the association’s resolve to take the development of handball in the FCT from the hinterland.

While addressing the sports officers on the importance of the creation of the boards, Ambassador Olutoke said the essence was to create a synergy between the State board and Area Council to work in consonance in the development of handball in the federal capital territory.

He noted that left alone, the FCT Handball Association cannot effectively carry out the job of discovering and nurturing hidden talents in the local areas and charged the Sports Officers to key into the vision of the board in making handball number one sports in the FCT.

“The system that brought us to where we are was a s a bad one and we need to change it. We are all here in our various positions in handball by God’s calling. I am a radical person, I don’t like to follow protocols.

“Now, I want to do something new. I am giving all of you a new role to be the champions of handball in your areas. We are establishing Area Council Handball Associations. I don’t know what the name is, but that is not important. The important thing is that we are creating a board at your area councils and as the Sports Officers, this responsibility is on your desk.

“At the state level, it will be difficult for us to operate optimally without an established synergy with the area councils. That is why the board is imperative. When we establish the association at the Area Council, it will bring our plans and policies closer to the people.

Renovated Area 10 Handball Court under the leadership of Ambassador Edward Olutoke as FCT Handball Association Chairman

“Discovering, nurturing and development of talented handballers will be a lot easier. You are the light, and no darkness should stop you. God have put you in this position, form your team. Create activities. We will work with you to develop, promote and take handball to greater heights. We need to make it very solid, you are the one that will be driving the association and working hand in hand, we will do exploits in FCT handball,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of other officers, Bwari Area Council Sports Officer, Egbunu Jacob thanked the FCT Handball Association Board for the parley and described the interaction as the a worthwhile venture.

He lauded the Chairman and his board for their pragmatic agenda in repositioning handball in the FCT.

“I want to, on behalf of my other officers, thank the FCT Handball Association for this great gesture. This is the first time we are meeting you as the FCT Handball Association Board and you have left us with an indelible impression that your coming in to head the FCT Handball is divine.

“We thank you for this opportunity and the platform you have created. The new Area Council Handball boards will be created as you directed and we are looking forward to making handball number one sports in FCT,” he said

Area Council Sports officers in attendance at the parley include Egbunu Jacob (Bwari. Area Council), Nuhu Pada (Gwagwalada Area Council), Muhammed Jibrin Sabo (Kuje Area Council), Habakuku John (Kwali Area Council) and Peter Samson (AMAC).

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