Nasarawa state govt to re-introduce school sports, festival — Commissioner
Mr Othman Bala-Adam, Nasarawa state Commissioner for Sports and Youth development has said that the administration had put necessary machinery in place to reinvent school sports and sport festival in the state.
Bala-Adam told journalists on Wednesday in Lafia the move was geared towards revamping the sector with a view to harnessing the abundant sports talents in the state.
The commissioner noted that the Gov. Abdullahi Sule led administration had shown commitment towards sports Development and given the ministry the free hand to ensure a holistic overhaul of the sector.
According to Bala-Adam, efforts are on to recommence school sports with the ministry collaborating with the state Universal basic Education Board (SUBEB) to provide sporting equipment to schools across the state.
He also said the state’s sports festival as well as the Governor’s Cup football competition would be revived with the aim of engaging the talented youth.
He maintained that apart from harnessing young talents, the re-introduction of the sporting activities would go a long way in curbing youth restiveness in the state.
On the current state of Nasarawa United football club, Bala-Adam assured the fans and people of the state of better days ahead for the club.
He said that the lapses that led to the not-too-palatable performance of the team at the beginning of the Nigeria Professional League season was being addressed, adding that the team were gradually picking up.
He explained that all departments of the team, including the technical arm were being strengthened for better performance.
Bala-Adam further said that the ministry and the team management had engaged the services of Coach of the state university, Mohammed Rabo-Bala, to recruit young footballers for the Nasarawa United feeder team.
“We want him to recruit, dispassionately, talented footballers, players below the age of 20 from the state into the Nasarawa United football club feeder team.
“This would always serve as a buffer for the aging players and those who may leave the club,” Bala-Adam said.