Total rallies support for Fly me to Russia fundraising team
• Match Hospitality frowns at Illegal travel packages
Total Nigeria has pledged to support the Fly me to Russia fund raising committee set up by the Ministry of Sports to back the Super Eagles campaign at the 2018 World Cup.
The committee, headed by the President of Para Weightlifting Nigeria, Queen Oboh Idris, was at Total’s headquarters at the weekend. It also has former internationals, Samson Siasia, Augustine Eguavoen and Waidi Akanni as members. Others are Uche Okowa and James Adel, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Sports in Delta State.
The committee is saddled with the responsibility of raising funds to support the Eagles by sponsoring fans to Russia through promos.
The visit to Total was led by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Adesola Olushade, who stated that the minister, Solomon Dalung was passionate about the programme, while urging Nigerians and corporate bodies to give their support to the Eagles.
“This programme is close to the minister’s heart. He wants a situation where Nigerians will have the opportunity to fly to Russia and support the Eagles. In this wise, he has given the committee is full backing to raise Funds for this purpose.
“It is obvious that we need to reach out to corporate organizations that can contribute to this course, and that is why we are at Total Nigeria PLC. We hope that other well-meaning organizations will join this noble course,” Olushade added.
Oboh praised Total for the immense jobs it is doing in Nigeria and urged them to give their support to the committee. She also called on everyone to support the Eagles as they set to fly Nigeria’s flag in Russia.
Earlier, Deputy Managing Director of Total, Engr. Musa Kida praised the committee and assured that he would relay its message to the managing director who is in the best position to know what can be done to help the Eagles soar in Russia.
Meanwhile, Match Hospitality AG, the exclusive worldwide hospitality rights holder appointed by FIFA for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has declared as illegal the activities of tourist and hospitality companies claiming to sell packages to Nigerians ahead of the tournament in Russia.
In a letter addressed to the Nigerian market co-signed by Chairman Jaime Byrom and Chief Operating Officer, Pascal Portes, Match Hospitality restated that the only company allowed to sell hospitality packages in Nigeria is Integral.
“Match Hospitality AG has appointed Integral Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing Limited as its Exclusive Sales Agent for Nigeria. For the avoidance of doubt, Match Hospitality wishes to confirm that no other entity in Nigeria is permitted to sell tickets or official ticket inclusive hospitality packages for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia,” the statement said.