MINISTER of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has emphasised the importance of technology to sports and in helping athletes to evolve their performance in preparations and tournaments.
He said this while declaring the 9th Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) Sports Festival open at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, on Tuesday.
Prof Pantami said the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under his watch will continue to emphasise the importance and dominance of technology in “our day-to-day life.”
The minister, who was represented by the Chairman, NIPOST Governing Board, MaimunaYayaAbubakar, said the wellness of an organisation depends on the well-being of its employees, adding that employers must offer ambience, which always brings the best out of the workforce.
“The importance of sports in any organisation cannot be overemphasised. In the words of Nelson Mandela of South Africa: “Sports has the power to change the world. It has the power to Inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.”
“Those words resonate loudly in the minds of members of NIPOST Sports and Social Club and this has served as an inspiration for organising this festival.
“This is where our youth play significant role. The use of technology is unlikely to decline, but will instead increase, even in the rural areas as government has embarked upon massive investment in the areas of public digital infrastructure. For these investments to be fully effective, digital literacy skills would further be strengthened with continual education to keep pace with rapidly changing global technologies.
“Sports has a number of advantages; it provides a fantastic variety of individual activities, instills discipline, fosters unity and encourages socialisation,” he said.
According to the minister, technology in sports plays an essential role in helping athletes from different sports to evolve their performance in preparations and tournaments, saying that monitoring the progress of matches has also become easier and more efficient using smart devices.
The minister commended the board and management of NIPOST for putting the event together and urged the athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship.
In his remarks, Postmaster General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST, Sunday Adepoju, said sports foster unity irrespective of religion, political affiliation or tribe.
Adepoju added that his vision for NIPOST is to make the agency a cynosure of all eyes, and urged Nigerians to patronise the agency, saying “aside from having lower price when compared with the other private companies, their goods are safe.”
In his welcome address, National President, NIPOST Sports and Social Club, AbubakarDanlami Usman, said over 1000 athletes will be competing for honours in various sporting events such as athletics, badminton, egg race, football, lawn tennis, table tennis, postmen race, tug of war and volleyball.
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