Like the popular saying, “all work without play makes Jack a dull boy,” the FCTA Department of Development Control has engaged staff in an Inter- unit/ inter-divisional football competition tournament, away from demolition and enforcement activities.
At the event, in the Sports Complex at the River Plate Park, Central Area in Abuja, the Director, Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that the football competition was organized to stimulate social interaction into the workforce with a view to helping staff ease -off boredom.
Galadima who confirmed that sports remained the unifying factor among all ages, irrespective of status, clime or religious background, said the tournament was also targeted at promoting the spirit of team work and sportsmanship among staff.
Galadima explained that apart from socialization, the game was also targeted at helping staff to exercise through the rigorous pre-trainings that heralded the football tournament, to improve physical fitness.
The Director added that the Department also used the medium to showcase to the world that parks are not designated for unholy activities, but rather for relaxation, entertainment and recreational activities.
His words: ” Most importantly, we want to show Abuja residents that parks are not meant for drinking and others, but are for relaxation and recreational activities. The sporting event can also enhance staff-management relationship and ensure improved welfare. If you don’t get the welfare of your staff, you will not get the best out of them.
“There is boredom and dullness so we have to inject life into our activities. It is not all about demolition or enforcement operations. Sometimes we have to bring in element of socialization and use it into want we do. ” Galadima explained.
The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Shuiabu Umar who described the competition as a good development, Corroborated that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
He commended the Development Control Department for the innovation and urged others to emulate the initiative for physical fitness and unification purposes, even as he wished that the FCT Administration could institute a similar sporting competition between Secretariats, Departments and Agencies.
A Special trophy awaits the winning team at the end of the ongoing tournament.
Report By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji