Nigerian Navy Primary School Ojo wins Commander Beecroft inter-school championship
The Nigeria Navy Primary School, Ojo, has won the inaugural Commander NNS Beecroft Inter -School Championship, which ended at Navy Town Sports Complex, Ojo, at the weekend.
The championship, which featured the three Navy primary schools in Lagos: Navy Primary School, Mobil Road, Ajegunle; Navy Primary School, Okokomaiko and Nigeria Navy Primary School, Ojo, saw students competing for honours in football, scrabble, chess and athletics.
Speaking at the end of the event, Base Education Officer at NNS Beecroft, Dalhatu Muhammed, said the Naval education command decided to feature three schools in the inaugural championship to give the children opportunity to hone and test their talents against their peers.
“The Naval education administration decided to create a wider platform for primary school children by organising the championship this year.
“This is another way of grooming talents from the grassroots and we are happy the parents and students enjoyed the event.
“The Naval education command will carry on with this project and also extend it to Navy Secondary Schools. Nigerian Navy’s focus is to ensure children get engaged in sports, while getting quality education,” he said.
Head teacher, Nigeria Navy Primary School, Ojo, Umar Naibi, who expressed happiness over his school’s victory at the event, assured that more programmes would be put in place to make students more productive in sports.
“This victory means much to me, because I resumed as head teacher of the school just less than six months ago. Nigeria Navy Primary School will keep nurturing students in education and sports.”
Also speaking at the event, Head Teacher, Nigeria Navy Mobil Road, Lt. Commander Haruna Shehu and Head Teacher, Nigeria Navy Primary School, Okokomaiko, Lt. Commander Zayyanu Nasada, charged parents to encourage their wards to engage in sports while studying, saying that sports is an important tool to expose the mindset of a child.
In the football match played before the closing ceremony, Nigeria Navy Mobil Road, Ajegunle, beat Nigeria Navy Primary School, Ojo, in a penalty shoot-out that decided the tie after a goalless end of the final game.
To become over-all champions, Nigeria Navy, Ojo, won 12 gold medals, eight silver and six bronze medals. They were followed by Nigeria Navy Primary School, Mobil Road, with five gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals, while Nigeria Navy Primary School, Okokomaiko, got a gold, three silver and seven bronze medals to finish in third place.
Fidelis Henry of Navy Primary School, Ojo, was declared the over all best athlete of the championship.