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CDI, OSHM host Peace Football Novelty Match

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CDI, OSHM host Peace Football Novelty Match
Communicating Development Initiative (CDI) in collaboration with the Odolu Soul Hunt Ministry (OSHM), organised Peace Novelty Football Match on 4th December 2021, among community football clubs in Odolu, Igalamela/Odolu L.G.A of Kogi State, Nigeria.
The Peace Match held between The Top Stars Football Club Odolu and The Young Stars Football Club Odolu.
The Young Stars FC won by a lone goal and went home with the prize for first place.
Featured during this match was campaign against drug abuse, Gender based violence, cultism and other social vices capable of truncating their education, career and destiny.
Featured also, was an interactive discussion between members of the community, staff of CDI and representatives of OSHM during which some of the players and spectators highlighted some of the challenges facing the community, such as youth restiveness which is not unconnected to lack of education and rate of unemployment, with many of the youths opened to vocational training and capacity development.
According to Prof. Emmy Idegu, the Executive Director, CDI, football matches help in building peace and addressing the need of the present generation and uniting the youths.
“This can be mostly achieved if the younger generation within the age range of 11 -18 years in the community are mainstreamed into peace friendly competitions that target community development and environmental sustainability,” he added.
From the remarks of the participants as well as the football fans present at the event, the event was fun, entertaining, and peace inspiring.
Prof. Emmy Idegu, the Executive Director, CDI, addressing the youths during the football match
Professor Idegu during his closing remarks sent strong messages to the youths to shun cultism, drug abuse, fighting, thuggery, and other social vices, and embrace environmentally friendly cultures and should promote same.
He also noted that this activity will be sustained for adequate participation of pupils from Primary Schools, Secondary Schools students within and outside the community.
Based on the availability of resources, the Executive Director promised to expand the programme with other sporting activities beyond the football match.
He concluded by requesting public spirited donor agencies and individuals for partnership, collaboration and sponsorship to engage the youths in capacity building for sustainable development.
A group photo of all participants

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