Nigeria: All Catholic Secondary School Games Competitions
The highly cherished competitions ever, The All Catholic Secondary Schools Game Competitions, took place in Mount La Salle College, Naka, from 14th to 19th February, 2016. Prior to the tournament, a team of Sports Inspectors came to the school to inspect the facilities available. They were satisfied with the number of quality facilities they found in the school. The team leader and the Director of Sports, Catholic Education Services, Diocese of Makurdi, and Mr. Abraham Veretoh appraised the Principal of the College, Brother Patrick Obam fsc, for his efforts in providing these facilities for the school. He admitted that all the facilities needed for the kick up of the tournament were available.
At the Opening Ceremony, the Catholic Bishop of Diocese of Makurdi, Most Revd Dr. WilfredAnagbe represented by the Director of the Catholic Education Services, Rev. Fr. Godwin Ordaa thanked the Management of the host School for its commitment towards the development of sports in the Diocese and in Benue State. He encouraged all the participating schools to be law abiding and to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship throughout the tournament. He warned that any school which show any level of indiscipline would be suspended from the tournament indefinitely. Finally, he call for tolerant among competitors and asked them to enjoy themselves. The games competed for include; football, handball, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, badminton and athletics. 20 schools participated in the tournament.
At the end of the tournament, Mount La Salle College, Naka came second best in the boys’ category and third position in the female category.
The Principal of the College, Brother Patrick Obam fsc, thanked the school athletes for their gallant performance in the tournament. He encouraged them to put in their best to come first next year. The Principal reiterated his commitment to take sports to its highest level in the school. He solicited help from sport loving individuals, groups and organisations to support the school in its efforts to develop the skills and talents of the students in various areas of human endeavour.
In addition to sporting activities during the Second Term, Mount La Salle College participated in several Inter-Schools Debates. One of these was the one organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC/ICPC CDS GROUP) on Anti-Corruption. The debates were in three phases. Mount La Salle College went through to the final phase. Certificates were issued to participants. The Coordinator of the debates, Ms. Oto-Obong Etuk thanked the participating schools for their wonderful performances. In her remark at the closing ceremony, Oto-Obong said that corruption can be eradicated in Nigeria if all hands are on deck. She encouraged the students in the various schools to be law abiding and practice good behaviour and honesty as they are leaders of tomorrow. Ms. Oto-Obong Etuk served in Mount La Salle College, Naka.
In expressing his appreciation, the Principal of Mount La Salle College, Naka, Br. Patrick Obam fsc, thanked the organising committee to choose the College as a host for the final stage of the Competition. He defined corruption as inability to do what one supposes to do at the right time, at the right place and by the right person. He called on the students to shun corruption in its many facets, and encouraged them to be ambassadors of their various schools.
Br. Patrick Obam, Principal of Mont La Salle College, Naka – Nigéria