As Abuja Office Holds Monthly Exercise
By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has charged its staff to engage in regular exercise, so as to enhance physical fitness, overall health, and to improve productivity.
The Acting Coordinator, NIMASA Abuja Zonal Office, Mrs. Moji Jimoh, who made the call on Saturday in Abuja at the agency’s regular monthly exercise, said that most of the health challenges people face today, can be prevented or managed better with constant exercise.
Jimoh, while speaking to Journalists after engaging in a walk from the Agency’s office in Maitama, terminating at the Millennium Park, said that the exercise is something everyone should buy into.
According to her, “It is a good development, we had one a few months ago and management deemed it a monthly exercise for staff and family members to keep fit, to be up and doing in their place of work.
“Health is wealth, that is the background to this, and we hope to make it a monthly affair for all staff.
“We urge everyone to buy into the scheme, and beyond making it monthly, it should be a daily affair for every body. We are encouraging all staff and family members and even friends too, let us make exercise a daily affair”, she ended
Also speaking, the NIMASA Abuja Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Chika Chukwudi, said that the management and the agency are doing everything possible to ensure that the staff are all fit and strong to carry out the agency’s activities.
She noted that this time around, the staff and their families were carried along, adding that it is a period of bonding, to know themselves and their families and also for the work of NIMASA to go on well.
In her words, “I can attest that we are all fit and are ready to do the job ahead of us. We appreciate the effort the management is making to see that the staff are fit and we say kudos to the Director General, Dakuku Peterside, who is doing everything possible to make sure that every staff is fit”.
For his part, Dr. Edidiong Udom, a medical Doctor who gave a talk on the benefits of exercising the body, noted that exercising helps the heart and also burns excess sugar that would have stored up in the body, adding that it is simply a way of servicing the body to function optimally.
“I tell people to exercise nothing less than three times in a week, but as a group, NIMASA is doing it every month and I applaud them for that because some people need that monthly push inorder to habitually exercise,” he remarked.
While urging people to start exercising, no matter how little, he said, “You don’t have to be hard on yourself, but it is good that everyone exercises their body, if not it will shut down. Exercise will help the organs and cells to work optimally”.
Staff and family members who participated in the exercise were excited they did and are looking forward to participate next month.