The Rotary Club of AUN was the major partner with the Embassy of Israel in a recent football tournament in Yola for IDPs.
The charity tourney was organized as part of the events celebrating the State of Israel’s 71st Independence anniversary.
At the grand finale of the football tournament held on May 4 at the Malkohi IDPs Camp, the Adamawa State Governor, Sen. Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla, performed the ceremonial kick-off, and presented the trophy to the winning teams. He thanked the Government of Israel for its support to the IDPs.
The one-week tournament had 10 teams made up of the Malkohi IDPs. The two teams that played at the finals (Kyari and Gasha) are from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. It was a moment of excitement for both players and spectators.
Chair of the IDP Host Community Camp, Mr. Idris Abdullahi, thanked the governor and the Israeli government for the tournament that he said had brought happiness to every camp resident.
President of the AUN Rotary Club, Anthony Agbo, while welcoming the Ambassador’s Bureau Chief, Ms. Zanak Sankey, said that their assistance is most welcome, as the insurgency has bequeathed a humanitarian crisis to Adamawa State.
Mr. Agbo said that Yola being relatively safer during the insurgency explains why so many IDPs have converged here. He noted that the Rotary Club and the entire University itself have helped the IDPs. “It is very encouraging to see diplomatic missions sympathizing with that task, and involved in doing whatever they can to support it.”
AUN students were also at the football ground. Some were shooting video footage for a viral video challenge in which they were participating. Seven teams were registered for this video competition and the winning video will be played in all Embassies of Israel around the world.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa