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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY SPORTS IN AFRICA (OSMA) VISITS MINISTRY OF DEFENCE.

A Three-man delegation from the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) visits the Ministry of Defence and Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces on Tuesday 30th November 2021. Members of the team includes the President of the organisation, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi from the Federal Republic of Nigeria whilst the Secretary General, Lieutenant Colonel Djendola Pierre and Treasurer, Colonel Major Brahima Diabate all from Cameroon....



During his opening statement, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi on behalf of the organisation thanked the Minister of Defence and MoD/RSLAF senior management for their warm reception. He disclosed that the essence of their visit was to inform the Ministry of Defence and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces senior management on the intention of OSMA for Sierra Leone and MoD/RSLAF to host the 7th General Assembly of the Organization in Freetown on February 2022.



    

In their engagement with top management of the MoD/RSLA, he pointed out that OSMA is an African Continental Sports Association which consist of the Armed Forces of African member countries. It is the African branch of the International Council of Military Sports (CISM) and its motto is “friendship through sports”. He pointed out that, the fundamental objective of OSMA is to promote sporting activities and physical education activities between the Armed Forces of member states with a view to supporting a culture of relative peace and security conducive to economic development and African integration.


He furthered that, OSMA was created on 12th March 1994 in Conakry, the Republic of Guinea. The Headquarters of OSMA is in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The first General Assembly of OSMA was held in Algeria on 25th March 2008, under the distinguished grand patronage of His Excellency Mr Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in the presence of some Fourty (40) African countries.



OSMA according to the head of delegation organises many continental events, the most important of which are the African Military Games (JAM), the African Military Football Cup (CAMFOOT), the African Military Boxing Championship (CAMBOXE), sponsored by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of Uganda. The African Military Basketball Championship (CAMBASKET), sponsored by His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo among others.


In his welcome address, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Retired Kelly Hassan Conteh, on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone, thanked the team and the organization for considering Sierra Leone and MoD/RSLAF to host the next OSMA championship in February 2022. He stated that His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the RSLAF Brigadier Retired Dr Julius Maada Bio is pleased for Sierra Leone to be considered a host nation for the 7th General Assembly and that the GoSL and MoD/RSLAF are ready and willing to set the stage for sporting activities to thrive within the organization. Hence, they are looking forward to the full corporation of the team and the organization to enhance precreation that will ensure a successful event.

The Chief of Defence Staff Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Force, Lieutenant General Sullay Ibrahim Sesay thanked and assured the team of MoD/RSLAF’s continued support at all times and the Armed Forces close collaboration and cooperation with the relevant MDAs to make the event a success.


OSMA’s visit to the MoD/RSLAF ended successfully and was climaxed with a presentation of trophies to the Minister of Defence and Chief of Defence Staff whilst the Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander Jooint Force were also decorated with medals by the head of delegation Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi.



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