Based on the commitment and resolve of Governor Abdullahi Sule-led administration, within the next two years, Nasarawa state would become a sports theatre in Nigeria.
Senior Special assistant on Sports to Governor Sule, Hon. Kwanta Yakubu who represented the Governor, gave the assurance while interacting with newsmen at the SWAN Parley convened at the 5th NYG.
“Nasarawa Governor, His Excellency Abdullahi Sule is highly committed to sports development. Recently, we celebrated 100 days in which a lot of achievements have been recorded in terms of sports development.
“In Nasarawa state, we have sports academy. His Excellency has given contract on it’s construction. We have lots of consultants across the world. We have opened talks with top consultants in Germany. His Excellency is not sleeping, we are upgrading our facilities.
“In the next two years, Nasarawa will become a sports theatre in Nigeria,” he said.
While highlighting some of achievements recorded within the administration’s 100 days, he specifically emphasized the exploits of the Female Aiteo Cup final in which Nasarawa Amazon’s prominently featured at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
On the NYG, though he expressed satisfaction with the state’s outing, he was optimistic of better results at subsequent editions.
“Yes I am very satisfied with the performance here. Over 10 of our athletes were among those top talents discovered.
“We are trying to see how subsequent outings at NYG will be more successful. We remain like Oliver Twist, we always demand they should do better than this.
“We will assess our performance and see why we are not number one,” he stressed.
Honourable Yakubu said that Governor Abdullahi Sule places high premium on development of youth and is using sports as one of the tools in achieving same.
“Governor Sule is highly committed to youth development in Nasarawa State.Recently, we inaugurated a committee to revamp sports across all the local government areas in the state,” he added.
On sporting facilities, he revealed that they were working towards getting new state-of-the-art facilities that would be an envy of all.
“We are working towards having new facilities that would be compared to none. In the North Central Zone, our stadium is one of the best. His Excellency is committed to doing it even better,” he declared.
When asked to comment on the state of relationship between the Nasarawa State Government and the sports ministry with sports writers in the state, he said it was cordial.
“If there is any state that is journalist friendly, it is Nasarawa State. If any ministry is media friendly, it is the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” he declared.