Members of the Local Organising Committee of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament mainstreamed the essence and sublime potentials of the 9-day tournament.
In a courtesy visit to the office of the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, in Abuja on Tuesday, the members of the LOC — involving Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (Chairman of the LOC) and Ms. Aisha Falode (Director of Organisation), with the company of Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare and Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen — made it known that ABC aim is on the importance of amplifying the challenges facing the girl-child and collectively working to overcome the same.
All these are at the centre of the work being done by the Future Assured Programme of the Aisha Buhari Foundation of Her Excellency, Dr. (Mrs.) Aisha Buhari.
Falode, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, hammered on the impact a successful tournament can have on the girl-child and the Nigeria nation, saying that football can accomplish the cornerstones of the Future Assured Programme.
“The key aspects of the Future Assured Programme are health, education and economic empowerment, and playing football can empower the girl-child health-wise, academically and economically. This tournament can build an awesome women football industry in this country that the girl-child and women can key into and forget all social vices and impediments.”
Mrs. Osinbajo said the LOC could not have picked a better person to name the tournament after, herself knowing how passionate the First Lady is about improving the lot of the girl-child and the less privileged in the society.
Also speaking at the lunchtime meeting was the Chairman of the LOC, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi:
“The President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, came up with this idea as a way of celebrating 30 years of Nigeria women football going on the international plane. However, we now see it as the opportunity to bring to the fore the hurdles and obstacles facing women and the girl-child, and in doing so, make policy makers to focus on and tackle them.”
He concluded – “We are also not unaware that a successful tournament will impact positively on the future of women football in Nigeria, and the image of our country as well. We are also looking to use this tournament to project the works of our First Lady in the area of improving the lot of women and the girl-child, and at the end support the Foundation in our own small way,”
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Tallen gives the total support of her ministry, and admonished the organising committee to work towards using the tournament to highlight and project everything positive about the First Lady and Nigeria as a country.
Sunday Dare, Minister for Youth and Sports Development pledges his full support for the cause of the 13th – 21st September showpiece in two stadia in Lagos, and boosted the LOC’s preparations to organise a befitting tournament with the sum of N50million.
Other members present at the meeting are; Ayo Omidiran (Member), Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen (Member), Dr Wole Aboderin (Member), AIG Garba Umar Baba (Member), Mr. Ademola Olajire (Director of Publicity), Mr. Olayinka Olagbemiro (Member), Ms. Ruth David (Secretary), Mrs. Amina Sani Zangon Daura (Deputy Director of Organization), Miss Kemi Areola (Head of Digital) and Mr Mohammed Ameenu (Assistant Secretary).