By kester Omu
The Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta, said he is happy with the support so far enjoyed by the Commission’s organized Tennis League.
The Former University lecturer expressed his happiness through Mrs. Iyabode Solanke, NCC’s Director of Research and Development, who led Commission’s delegation to the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to watch Tennis enthusiasts, who are participating in this year’s tournament.
“We are exceedingly happy with the responses from tennis enthusiasts and all Nigerians to the NCC Tennis League,” he said.
He noted that the objective of the tennis tournament is to capture the beauty in the energy of the Nigerian youth for values more edifying to the nation such as sports. “Tennis had brought so much glory to the nation in the past. So, we see a great need to re-enact the strides of the past and even surpass them, so our nation will also be known for exploits in other sports aside football.”
Danbatta appealed to the youth to find space in the tournament to nurse their potentials because that is more profitable and glorifying than to indulge in activities that are reprehensible. He promised that the Commission will continue to collaborate with other genuine stakeholders to showcase the very best of Nigerian sports, arts and culture.
The NCC Tennis League is in its third year and every year new tennis teams enrol to participate in the tournament. Two weeks ago the 2017 NCC Tennis League commenced at the National Stadium in Abuja. The first round robin matches held at Ekiti, Lagos and Jos last week. The matches at Ibadan today is a continuation of the round robin matches. More matches were also played today at Lagos and Port Harcourt.