11 December 2012

Nigeria: NASS Staff Seek Participation in National Sports

Staff of the National Assembly under the auspices of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) have written a memo to the management of the parliament's bureaucracy seeking the establishment of a sports unit.

PASAN Chairman, Comrade Mohammed Bawa who disclosed the development to LEADERSHIP after he led other staff for a "Health Walk" around the complex and beyond, said it was about time the bureaucracy took sporting events seriously.

"We have raised a memo to the effect that National Assembly should support the creation of a sporting unit, because it will help the National Assembly to develop sports-wise and that can provide a buffer our establishment of sports to compete professionally and nationally" he said.

According to him, "The sporting events lined up by PASAN, would not only make staff and legislators fit, but they would ensure good health for all of us", adding that "a healthy workforce is a productive one".

He said discussions were on-going between the bureaucracy and the union of workers to create a sporting unit for the National Assembly.

He said the goal of PASAN was to raise football, basketball, tennis and other sporting teams to participate professionally at the National level.

The National Assembly workforce said they would also strengthen a health team or unit to back up the sporting arrangements that would pick up in earnest next year.

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