By Cherno Omar Bobb
The National Inter-Departmental Sports Association (NISA) last Saturday elected its new executive members to lead the association for the next four years at a congress held at The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) complex in Kanifing.
Saikou B. Jarju was reelected president, Kalilou Bayo as first vice president, Bai Bittaye as second vice president and Laity Mbaye as third vice president.
Sira Ceesay was elected secretary general while Lamin Cham Ceesay was elected as her assistant.
Momodou I. Jeng secured the treasurer’s position while Foday Manneh was elected his assistant.
Ebrima Sanneh and Lamin Fadera were elected as auditor and assistant auditor respectively.
Sulayman Badjie was elected as Public Relations Officer while Ebrima Bah was elected his assistant.
Saikou B. Jarju in delivering his report said the congress marked the 19th year existence of the association.
“For the past 19 years, NISA has been successfully staging one competition after another ranging from male and female football, volleyball, scrabble, table tennis amongst others including the annual sub-regional championship often held in different regions in Senegal over the years,” he said.
According to him, NISA has always been very consistent in its organization of sport competitions in The Gambia, noting that it was only in 2020 that it could not organize any competition because of the Covid19 pandemic. He thanked all NISA members for their sacrifice, saying, they are able to make it this far due to their dedication.
“We hope to do more in the coming years as we look back on our past achievements,” Jarju said.
He announced that NISA has been officially registered and recognized this year by the National Sports Council (NSC). However, he said the battle still goes on as they are yet to be recognized by The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) even after a series of applications to that effect.
He further said that, in 2005, NISA forged a link with the Federation of the Senegalese Workers Sports Association (FSST) and since then, the two associations have been engaged in annual exchange visits to partake in sub-regional championships often organized on a rotational basis between Senegal and The Gambia. The trophy is being called “The Senegambian Trophy”.
NISA he went on, is also officially registered with the Continental Body of Africa’s Workers Sports called L’OSTA (Organization du Sports Travailliste d’Afrique) whose headquarters is in Yaoundé, Cameroon and the Global Body of Workers Sports called FIFCO, whose headquarters is in Canada.
Mr Jarju said, NISA officials attending the last continental congress in Dakar, Senegal in June 2021 where President Mr. Saikou B. Jarju was nominated Executive Council Member for LOSTA in charge of finance and marketing division.
In the same vein, NISA also won the bid to host the 2023 L’OSTA Continental Games namely Afri-Foot and Afri-Volley. Two members from NISA Kalilou Bayo, second vice president and
Bai Bttaye, Secretary General, were also nominated members in the West African Bureau De Liaison for L’OSTA.
Meanwhile, the sole objective of NISA, amongst other things, is to organize Inter-departmental tournaments with a view to enhancing solidarity within the framework of enjoyment after hard-work in office; Sports for Health and Health for All; Sports for Workers Unity & Solidarity; Sports for Service Identity & Recognition; and National Recognition.