Kano Pillars: Ganduje showers players, officials with $1,000 each
…As KNSG moves to revive school sports
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Monday feted players and officials of Kano Pillars Football Club with $1,000 each.
This followed the club’s victory at Aito Cup final last week in which Kano Pillars beat Niger Tornadoes 4-5 in a penalty shoot-out.
Kano Pillars and thousands of its supporters arrived Monday afternoon at the gate of Government House, Kano to officially present the trophy to the Governor.
According to the Governor, Kano State Government has decided to fete each member of the club with the amount to appreciate the club’s commitment and performance during the just concluded Aito Cup, which the team emerged victorious.
“The trophy had eluded the ancient city of Kano for 66 years. Now the glory is back. We will remember all for this day as we embark upon staircase of making Kano State great,” Ganduje said.
He added that something great is coming to Kano Pillars’ way and his administration will do everything possible to up the ante of sporting activities in the state.
“We will soon organize a befitting dinner for the team to honour the players and officials. Until then I will not unveil my next plan for the team and players; but it will surprise you all,” he added.
The Governor further encouraged the club to bring more glories to the state in their future endeavours.
In his remark, the Chairman Kano Pillars, Alhaji Suraj Shu’aib Yahaya thanked the Governor for the gesture and pledged that his era will witness profound changes and development, adding that it will be an era of discipline and winnings.
Meanwhile, Kano State Government has moved to revive sporting activities in public schools.
The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello Sagagi, disclosed this Monday shortly after Kano Pillars presented the trophy to the Governor.
According to him, Ganduje administration is so committed in making the state’s youth an asset, adding that the move is to empower youth to become self-reliant.
“The Governor has established a skills acquisition centre the biggest in Africa and soon 40 youth will be sent to UK for study after which they will become instructors at the centre.
“The administration will also revive school sports and various competitions will be introduced to groom youth in various sporting activities,” Sagagi said.
He added that the establishment of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has come at the right time as Ganduje administration moves to create more cities and bring dividends of democracy to the door-steps of the populace.