15th December, 2011
The Director General of the Ministry of Sports Dr , Patrick Ekeji has commended SuperSport and MultiChoice Nigeria for institutionalising the Certificate Programme in Management Development, CPMD, for sports administrators in the country.
Dr Ekeji spoke at the second graduation ceremony of 24 sports administrators of the programme held in Abuja , the federal capital territory on Tuesday. According to him, the CPMD which is organised by the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and the University of Nigeria , Nsukka; in partnership with the Ministry of Sports is very relevant to the needs of present and future sport administrators in the country
While commending SuperSport for sponsoring the management programme which is now in its second edition, Dr Patrick Ekeji promised that his ministry will continue to partner with SuperSport and other stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria retains its pride of place in sports achievements in the country through structured manpower development programmes
Also at the graduation ceremony, DG of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Engineer Yomi Bolarinwa commended the MultiChoice group for investing in sports development. He said that the importance of human capital development and capacity building is central to sustained growth and development in any industry
Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria , UNN, Prof Ebele Aja said that out of the twenty eight participants who registered for the programme, only twenty four completed the course. He said this underlines the importance and seriousness attached to programme the organisers. He informed the audience that the successful participants have been found worthy in learning and character to get the seal of approval of the school
While speaking to journalists at the event, Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr John Ugbe, said that the graduates of the programme have merited their certificates. â€œWe know how challenging the programme has been but we have no doubt in our minds that the learning outcomes will begin to translate into resounding success stories very soon,â€ he said.
We will also continue to find ways to develop sports in the country through strategic partnerships now and in the future.
General Manager of SuperSport Nigeria, Felix Awogu said that the programme was sponsored by his company to demonstrate their commitment to Nigeria , noting that SuperSport is not all about the acquisition of foreign content alone but also about the development of local content. â€œWe have launched our High Definition studio to complement our Standard Definition studio and we have also added two additional High Definition Outside Broadcasting Vans (OB) to increase the coverage of local sports in Nigeria ,â€ he said.