MRS Oil Scale-Up Youth Development Through Competition
Aimed at creating fun and providing enabling platform for the discovery of budding talents in the country, MRS Oil Nigeria plc, a fully integrated and efficient downstream player with leading position in the oil industry as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, announced the commencement of its third annual Under-12 Football Championship (MRS Under-12 Football Tournament), which holds across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, comprising of 64 boys teams and 32 girls teams, who are expected to scale through various stages in the quest to lift the coveted prize.
Speaking at a press conference held at the company’s corporate head office in Lagos, MRS Oil Nigeria Managing Director, Paul Bissohong, said that as a corporation, MRS strives to contribute its quota in raising futures young stars through the annual organisation of grassroots football tournament.
According to him, this year’s edition will witness increase in the number of children participating in the tournament. “The competition is strictly for pupils’ currently in schools and under the age of 12 at the date of commencement of the football event,” he said.
He explained that the objective of the yearly event is to discover young talents and promote the game of football at the grassroots level, stressing that it is a great avenue for the company and indeed MRS Oil to bring in and test some of the nation younger football players and give them a platform to be discovered.
The preliminaries, which is on knock-out basis, is already ongoing at various designated centres across Lagos State, while the final is schedule to hold May 27, Children’s Day, at the Campus Square, Lagos.
Also speaking at event, General Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Jubrin Otunba said, “we are directly involved in Corporate Social Responsibility projects, one of which is the MRS Under-12 Football Competition, which re-groups well over 600 children.
“For the first time, we are also floating the female category of the competition, the tournament which is in its third year is a strategic endeavor by MRS to improve the standard of football from the grassroots. As a fast growing company that has great passion and commitment to African and its people, the focus of the championship is to put the company on the global listing of world class companies,” he stated.
He stated that MRS Oil in recent times, has been in the forefront of giving back to the society with unparalleled CSR activities and initiatives. With the annual football tournament, the company has showed itself to be a brand that identifies with the Nigerian child.
According to the Chairman, National Youth Soccer Association, Mr. Samuel Omolola, the exposure and experience of playing against top opponents will be essential to their development and will add value to the teams’ strength.
“It is my belief the teams involved will give everything they have into the competition. On the whole, we are looking forward to an exciting game of brilliant football and regardless of which team pick the trophy at the end of the day, I know the teams and the players involved will have a lot to learn from the experience,” he said.
He noted that in Nigeria as well as all over the world, sports plays a very significant role in the behavioral pattern of the people, sports men/women and the followers, which is why till date, football is a strong unifying factor in the country and the world at large.
“Football today is a multi-billion dollar industry, which is now employing a lot of young people around the world, enabling them fend for themselves and their families. In recent time, the game of football has been heavily monetised and enjoys global appeal and followership. Littered all over Nigeria are raw soccer talents waiting to be discovered. A school-age football championship in this part of the world serves as a veritable platform for discovering these raw talents,” he added.