By Chioma Obinna
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has advised Nigerian athletes to stay away from drugs and embrace hard work and honesty in order to attain their goals in life.
The Director- General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii who spoke when he received in his office in Lagos, the Commonwealth Heavy Champion, Mr.Osita Offor, a.k.a De Ultimate Commander, maintained that true success was the only sure way to hard work.
Orhii, while eulogizing the wrestler who came to present his World Heavy Weight Championship Belt to the Agency, described him as symbol of hard work.
The NAFDAC boss also stated that De Ultimate Commander who is also The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) 2011 Ambassador for the Campaign Against Corruption as honest sportsman, who has excelled in wrestling through hard work devoid of performance enhancing drugs.
The Director General noted that Ultimate Commander was conferred with NAFDAC’s Sports Ambassador in 2007 to foster campaign against the use of illegal substance to enhance performance in sports. A
Orhii further described him as a great Nigerian who has brought fame to Ahe country. “Ultimate Commander identifies with us today, because he believed in what we stand for because we are committed to safeguarding the health of Nigerians. We are glad because you have made Nigerians proud.”
Earlier, Mr. Osita Offor, popularly known as De Ultimate Commander stated that the use of performance enhancing drugs was not the best way to become a champion. “ Use of drug is not the only way for one to excel in sport,” he said.
Offor also intimated the Agency on his recent appointment to participate in the Nelson Mandela Commonwealth and America Unifying Wrestling Championship featuring the best of legendary professional wrestlers from the Common Wealth of Nations.
The wrestling championship in honour of late Nelson Mandela is billed to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 18.
Presenting the Belt which earned him the title; Battle of the Legends”, he revealed that the presentation was part of efforts to strengthen their collaboration for a healthy drug system in Nigeria.
He commended the efforts of the agency in ensuring that the nation is free from adulterated drugs. De Ultimate Commander said as far as NAFDAC was not tired of fighting for the health of Nigerians, he would not be tired of fighting to put the name of Nigeria in the international arena.