By Modupe Oremule
Lagos – The Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s (AFN) Technical Director, Omatseye Nesiama, has retired from the Nigerian Navy after more than 32 years in service.
Nesiama, who retired as a Commodore, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that he was grateful to God to have served the nation.
“I now have my free time since God has given me the privilege of retiring with strength and health.
“I am grateful to God for keeping me alive to this day, I am free and happier. I am proud to have served my country,’’ he said.
Nesiama, 54, said his target now was to open a security and sports consulting firm, adding that he would also engage more in his religious obligations.
“The retirement opens me up to other greater opportunities and areas of my passion like security and sports.
“I am starting my business as a Private Security and Sports Consultant. I am also going to attend to my religious obligations of teaching in the church,’’ he said.
On his retirement and position as the AFN Technical Director, he said: “It won’t affect my position which is until the end of the board’s tenure in April,’’.
The Ughelli indigene, who joined the Navy in June 1984, said one major thing he would also remember was the force regimentation.
“I will miss nothing more than the regimentation which I will maintain to some reasonable extent to help me achieve my goals,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Nesiama became AFN’s Technical Director in 2012, succeeding Sunday Bada who died in December 2011.
He is a member of the Technical Committee, Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).
He was in charge of the Security department of the maiden Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in 2016.
Nesiama is married to Roli and they are blessed with two children.