President of African Surfing Confederation, Oumar Seye of Senegal, who is on a week-long working visit to Nigeria, has said that his mission is to fully develop surfing sport in the continent with Nigeria as one of his main priorities.
Oumar stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Secretariat of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), at the National Stadiun, Surulere, Lagos on Tuesday.
He said Nigeria is not a country but a ‘continent’ in Africa where everything abounds and that whatever succeeds in Nigeria is already a success in Africa. It was this, perhaps that influenced his decision to support the candidacy of Prince Adewale Fawe, a Nigerian as his Vice President so that together they will take surfing sport to greater heights in Africa..
He pledged to collaborate with all the federations and stakeholdersŕ under
his jurisdiction to ensure that his set out objectives are realised.
He said 2024 has been mapped-out for aggressive surfing sport development in Africa and hinted that Nigeria has been given the hosting right of the 2024 Africa Surfing Championship and pleaded with NOC to always give the Nigeria Surfing Federation the needed support for the succeessful hosting of the Championship and even beyond.
In responce, the General Manager of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Mr Emma Nweri who stood in for Secretary General of the NOC, Hon. Tunde Popoola, thanked Oumar Seye for his visit and assured him that the NOC will continue to support the surfing federation in its activities best way they can just the way they have been supporting other sporting bodies and decorated him with NOC symbol pin.
Meanwhile, excited President of the Nigeria Surfing Federation, Prince Adewale Fawe who led the august visitors to the NOC Secretariat, commended President Oumar Seye for the visit and promised to put machineries in motion for the successful hosting of the African Surfing Championship.