Tell us about yourself
I am Sir Amajuoyi Azubuike Briggs, the President of Island Allstars Sports Club. I am a Lawyer by profession who has interest in Real Estate and commercial Law Practice . I am a Knight of St. John’s International and I hold an Nze title (Akaepushi Onwa na Nkwerre)
What milestones did you record in your first term as president of IASC?
Well, I became the President of the club two years ago. When (we) took over the leadership of the club, that was birthed over 10 years ago, we discovered that so many things were not done properly. Especially, as regards the issue of administration via-a-visa structuring of the Club So, we introduced the issuance of permanent identification number to members to help us ascertain who are the real members as we had over 400 members that are not properly registered. This was one of the capacity building mechanisms we brought to the Club. And the beauty and peculiarity of this identification number is that it is automated. Aside using it to key into all the club’s activities, you can use it for bank transactions.
Again, when it comes to the issue of the porosity, that is the ease of doing transactions for Club members as regards payment of dues. We introduced POS system and cashless transaction. These measures help us monitor our tract of payment, show transparency in governance, and then enable people get the dividend of their money. As the Club money is not our money. Again, doing cashless transaction gave us ample opportunity to tract money into the club. There is also a procedure on how money is spent. As a president, I do not sign money. This is the first time such a thing is happening. I allow the financial secretary and the treasurer to go through the process of approving any money. Mine is to endorse the payment. This process allows checks and balance and reduces issues of corruption and pilfering. That was the first thing we achieved this .
We set out to profile the Club, and in profiling the Club, one of the things that came up was, who do will admit as members? As we are very conscious of who we admit into the Club. We then, set up screening committees that allows security screening for incoming members .
How we achieved these
On assuming office, we had three cardinal points on which our administration was built upon. First was to profiling the Club as I stated earlier. We did this by hosting my inauguration as the fourth President of the Club, which was first of its kind in the Club. The event was held at Oriental hotel, and saw prominent dignitaries from far and near in attendance.
In addition, we built institutions and the final one was building the capacity of all members. Where we consolidate on what to build and achieve among members.
What informed your being elected for a second term and what do you hope to achieve?
Having achieved the above, members of the Club deemed it fit to elect us for a second term. We then set out to work by bringing innovations to the Club and changing the paradigm of what it used to be. We set up a roadmap committee to develop agenda on where we are heading to.
They made recommendation for the review of our constitution which we did. In the course of reviewing the constitution, we opted that our board of trustees, BOT members be increased from five to seven. In order to give room for a broader scope of discussion. We also are in the process of the acquisition of our permanent site which we have paid 50% of the money . All things being equal, we will achieve that before the end of our tenure. We also intend to consolidate the gains of all members in this second term. Remember, through the profiling we are engaging all and Island Allstars is becoming a brand. Imagine a body of 250 able young men coming together, our consolidation and achievements will be great.
Again, the age limit for being a member of the Club was reviewed from 35 years to 30 years. And it is expected that members should show responsibility to the club.
What Island Allstars Sports Club stands for?
Well, it will shock you that a lot of people who applied to be members are turned down. This is because the Club is about family bonding, it is a gathering of disciplined people that is made up of people from all tribes, and from different professions. One significant thing about the Club is the love for brotherhood. In our anthem, we say,” I love this family.
And once you come in, you must see Island Allstars as your immediate family. Once you come in, automatically, your wife and children become members of the Club. This creates bonding among members and their family. And bonding enhances capacity building. These are basic things we have done in the first two years of our existence, and we hope to continue with the trend.
Benefits of being a member of the Club
Aside for what our motto stands for, that is keeping brotherly love. We have lots of welfare packages for our members provided they are up to date with their financial obligations and other responsibilities. We stand for one another during celebrations, and at eventualities.
For instance, within the two years of my administration, we lost two members. As a Club, we have taken over the family responsibilities of the deceased. By ensuring all the families have secured accommodation and that the children education is not disrupted through provision of scholarships.
We also engage in corporate social responsibility, CSR within our host communities. We have partnership with Nigerian Police, Ajah. We also have a project called, “It is new to me,” where members donate what they are not using again, we in turn gather them together and take them to charity homes. And we provide charity boxes around where tips are dropped to assist the less privileged.
Can you tell us how you use sports activities to promote unity among members?
Like I said earlier, the only thing that is keeping us together is love. Sport is a unifying factor. It is only when we engage in sports that we forget our ethnicity and tribe. In the Club, we practice the best modal and best practices where you are neither Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba. AllStars has people of caliber. We have among us, international players as honorary members, patrons , ambassadors and even members. We also train every weekend in the morning and relax thereafter. This again promotes bonding and friendship.
What should people look out for in this year’s league?
We have an annual league that will start in the next two months. Four teams will play the football game and one gets the prize. This year we are looking at a bigger coverage. We are taking this year to the next level by bringing stars to come, play and watch us. We also have provision for our children who are into sports. Nigerian Breweries, Zenith Bank, and Lancana water among others are our partners. We are attracting more investors and sponsorship to the Club.
What is your take on giving back to the society?
As a Lawyer, I have attained a level of self development where I discovered that we need to have a paradigm shift in leadership as regards service to humanity. I took it upon myself to dedicate my time serving my people. Sincerely, we want to make a difference. And going by the words of Dr. Peter Obi,” We must be in the crusade of compelling office holders to make sure the money for the citizens is administered to work for the people and not for personal use.”
I hope to show to the world that you can actually be a public servant and be however an incorruptible leader. I ran for Imo state House of Assembly based on the fact that I want to bring in a difference in legislative functions especially at the local government level. And my take is that we must return local government administration back to it original status quo. Because it is the only arm of the government that is closer to the people.