The Nigeria Olympic Committee opened a new chapter into the new year with the formal handover of the secretariat to the newly elected Secretary General, Olabanji Oladapo by the out gone SG, Babatunde Popoola, on Monday, January 7.
The brief ceremony which took place at the conference room of the Nigeria Olympic Committee was presided over by the NOC President, Engr. Habu Gumel and top management staff of NOC.
Popoola who was Secretary of the NOC for 8 years thanked Engr Gumel, the board members and the media for their support during his time in office, saying he is leaving as a fulfilled man going by what he was able to achieve.
“It was an interesting 8 years in office and a very great moment of my life where I can boldly say I left my mark on the sand of time. During my time, we went far in marketing and branding of NOC as an entity which I believe can be improved upon.”
Popoola described Mr Oladapo, the new Secretary General, as an elder brother who stood by him during his tenure as he promised to always be around to contribute his quota to the development of sports and the Olympic family.
Responding, Oladapo stressed on the need to continue with the legacy of the Olympic movement while promising an all inclusive and innovative Secretariat.
“2019 is a busy year for us on the international stage which will dovetail into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. All hands must be on deck to ensure that we ably represent Nigeria.
“This is a selfless service to humanity as we continue to grow sports and reposition the NOC to a viable brand”, Oladapo continued.
He stressed that Popoola remained a relevant member of the family and will continue to contribute his quota where necessary.
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