Sports ministry created to enhance development -Ganduje
By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has disclosed that his administration has created the Ministry for Youths and Sports for enhancing youth development.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, made the statement when he paid a visit to the Africa Sports Development Centre in Abuja.
He said any society that does not have a strong foundation for its teeming youths, it is bound to fail.
“That is why we merged both the Youth and Sports sectors together in order to curtail social vices and create job opportunities for them.
“In Kano, our aim is to see that youths are empowered and trained to become self-reliant through various entrepreneurship programmes, particularly in sports to make them productive,” he said.
Ganduje then expressed delight with the Africa Sports Development Centre for blending sports with education, adding that the initiative would change the mindset of the youths towards embracing entrepreneurial engagements.
In his speech, the president of the Africa Sports Development Centre, Alhaji Faruk Malami Yabo said the institute was founded to provide comprehensive and integrated sports development programmes for the younger athletes of Africa.
He also explained that the institute is the first of its kind in Africa which gives opportunity for talented athletes to have a sustainable employment future.
He further said that the institute has affiliation with the Johan Cruyff Football Academy in Barcelona, Spain which drafted the curriculum for the athletes to combine soccer with education.
“We are not only exploring great players but also grooming future educated leaders,” he said.
In his goodwill message, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, represented by the Technical Director, Bitrus Bewerang assured of continued cooperation, partnership and support to the institute.
On his part, the Captain of the Super Eagles Football Team, Ahmed Musa advised the athletes to utilise the opportunity given to them, enjoining them to rededicate themselves through discipline and determination to achieve the set goals.
He then announced a gift of N5 million as a morale booster to the athletes of the institute, according to a statement by Hassan Musa Fagge, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor.