News Investigators/ The National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), Ebere Amaraizu, has lauded the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for reviving the Principals Cup football competition.
Mr. Amaraizu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Enugu the Youth and Sports Development Ministry took a bold step by reviving the competition in secondary schools and colleges nationwide.
“The Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, took a bold step in reviving this competition,” Amaraizu, who is also the South-East Director of National Nationwide League One (NLO), said.
“The Principals Cup is a veritable platform of self discovery, which POCACOV has been advocating will lead to strategic leadership direction for youthful talents.”
He stated that there were several products of the Principals Cup and they enjoyed the exposure and engagement because they regularly competed.
“Now, with this revival, the competition will also afford the students opportunity of self discovery, as football potentials are discovered and thereafter developed.
“It will also help in the engagement of the mind and body positively.
“The Principals Cup will no doubt serve as a veritable platform of learning life-coping skills for the students.
“Apart from helping students to discover themselves and come together for greater national unity, it will help to expose them to various frontiers that will make them able to accept challenges with open arms and not to fear the future,” Amaraizu said.
He, however, appealed for an enhancement of the scope of competitions at the secondary school level to include the chess and taekwondo sports because of their benefits in self discovery.
NAN reports that POCACOV is a community-driven programme under the office of the Inspector-General of Police.
It is aimed at sensitising stakeholders to the dangers of cultism and other vices, using community policing tools.
It is also an initiative to save Nigerian children and youths from the claws of cultism and other vices through advocacy, awareness-creation, reorientation and mentoring.