Ilorin - Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on Saturday said that the government
would construct football pitches across the 16 Local Government Areas to
develop sports and discover new talents.
Ahmed said this in Ilorin when he flagging off the `Let's Play’
programme organised for children by Supersport in collaboration with an
Ilorin-based non-governmental organisation, Omoluabi Foundation.
He said that Kwara Football Academy would be upgraded and its facilities expanded to encourage children participation in soccer.
"We want to see the best of talents and give the necessary and
needed support. You have a sporting governor and the Minister of Sports
is from here.
"We are ready to assist you to get to the desired place,’’ he said.
The governor urged children to embrace sports, adding that government would provide the necessary atmosphere for them to excel.
He also solicited the support of stakeholders to develop sports in the state.
Ahmed commended the organisers of the Lets Play programme, and
assured that his administration would promote efforts that would boost
the development of talents in the state.
Earlier, the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports
Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi, urged the children to take to sports,
adding that "sport is life’’.
He implored the children to embrace exercise and take their education seriously for the development of the nation.
Hajia Rahmat Adeshina-Abaya, the Commissioner for Sports and Youth
Development, expressed happiness on the success of the programme, which
she described, as the first of its kind in the state.
In her address, the Executive Director Omoluabi Foundation, Hajia
Funsho Abdullahi, said the programme was organised to encourage children
between the ages of eight and 13 to take to sports.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 1 000 children, who
participated in the programme, went home with kit comprising a T-Shirt
and a football each.