SPEECH DELIVERED BY HAJIYA HALIMA UMAR NJIDDA PARIYA (GIMBIYAR MAMBILLA AND SARAUNIYAR NGUROJE) DURING THE FINALS OF THE PEACE NOVELTY FOOTBALL COMPETITION ORGANISED BY HALIMA GIMBIYAR MAMBILLA FOUNDATION
I’m most delighted to address you all on this auspicious occasion of the Final play of this all important ‘Peace Novelty Football Competition’ organised by our foundation – the Gimbiyar Mambilla Foundation.
This soccer tournament is our foundation’s initiative to promote peace amongst our people especially the youths and to also strengthen the bond of unity amongst communities in Nguroje and environs as well as the entire Local Government Area.
It is no doubt that football has become a unifying factor in every society and has gained recognition and acceptance by all. This competition was meant to serve that purpose and also encourage young people to reach out to themselves and cement their unity and fellowship in the process while helping to improve on their skills as well. It gladdens my heart to note that the tournament has to a great extend, helped our youths to improve on their football skills, discover more talents and also speak more of peace and unity.
Together we are stronger and can develop ourselves and society peacefully to meet the advancement of time.
As today marks the end of the tournament, let us all embrace one another, celebrate with any team that will emerge the winner, share love, laugh together and live together. By do doing, this will foster unity amongst us and will allow peace to dwell with us all the time.
Remember that many who play for big clubs today and help their society started from tournaments like this. Therefore, we are all encouraged to participate in organized events like this to enable us unearth our talents and in turn help our community and society to grow and develop.
I thank the organising committee that handled the competition in collaboration with Sardauna Sports Council for working tirelessly to ensure success of the tournament. Thanks to the Chairman of the Committee, Alh. Himma and the LGA Director of Sports, Mr Chris Kataps for their efforts. To all the teams, their managers and players, I say thank you for participating in this Peace Cup. To the security agents and all other stakeholders who in one way or the other helped to ensure a successful taunament, we salute your efforts immensely.
I congratulate the team that will emerge winner of the competition and emplore you all to serve as ‘Peace Ambassadors’ of the Halima Gimbiyar Mambilla Foundation. Thanks and may Allah continue to bless us all!