By: AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The security subcommittee for the 21st African Senior Athletics
Championships has begun background and security checks on volunteers
that have indicated interest to be part of CAA Asaba 2018.
The Security Chief for CAA Asaba 2018, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (Rtd) revealed that over 3000 individuals were present to undergo the preliminary stage of the screening process on Monday.
He revealed that background and security checks are being carried out on
the intending volunteers as his committee is out to select capable hands
that would further help in the planned world-class August event.
“The screening for the volunteers commenced today, over 3,000 are being
screened and the makeup is all-encompassing across the state, across the
country and some civil servants,” Nesiama said in a statement issued by
Olukayode Thomas, Head Media, and Publicity.
No cap has been put on the number of volunteers to be selected though it
is understood that at least a thousand will be required to join forces
with the officials to make a success of the Asaba 2018 championships
“Yes, we were prepared for the large turnout, but I was a bit surprised
also because people are ready and willing to do true volunteering in the
real sense of it; the people who have indicated interest are genuinely
ready to work not for any personal gain but to contribute their quota to
this historic event,” Neisiama added.
It is understood that the volunteers will be working in different areas
as some will be assisting the Technical committee, some would be in
protocol/ushering and a lot of them will be attached to the teams as
In the same vein, there was also a training exercise on Monday for
groundsmen that would be in charge of the Wednesday’s African tour event
as well as the African championships proper.
The training exercise was supervised by Yussuf Alli, the technical head
for CAA Asaba 2018.
The 21st African Senior Athletics Championship will be taking place at
the newly-built Stephen Keshi Stadium which many have described as a