Minister of Youths and sports, Barr Solomon Dalung has tasked state governments to work towards developing sports at the grassroots.
This, according to him, is to ensure their contingent participate in the upcoming National Youth Games billed for 22nd of September in Kwara.
Dalung made the call Friday at government house Yola when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Muhammed Jibrilla.
The minister applauded governor Bindow’s efforts in transforming the state within a short period of time despite Nigeria’s economic challenges.
Dalung described sports as a veritable tool for national development which can be used to create employment, attract investors and reduce youth restiveness thereby curbing insecurity.
“I want to assure you your excellency that if our youths are fully involved in sporting activities, there will be little or no security threat of life of property in our community and the government would not spend much on security votes anymore,” Dalung said.
He stressed the need for government at the state and local level to create programs that will keep the youths busy and employed.
He challenged the Adamawa state government to commence training of athletes for the National Youths Games.
“I will be waiting to see youths from Adamawa state showcasing their God given talents at the games” he said.
The minister and his delegation decorated Adamawa state governor, Muhammed Umaru as one of the pillars of grassroots sports development in the country.
Governor Muhammed Jibrilla, while responding, appreciates the minister for finding him worthy.
The governor promised to do all within his capacity to support sporting activities in the state.
“It is indeed true that sports play a vital role in national integration.
“That is why we will continue to work towards encouraging our youths to fully participate in sporting activities,” the governor said.
Governor Bindow says he will liaise with the state ministry of Youths and Sport to ensure that athletes are fully prepared for the upcoming games.
Governor Bindow lamented the state’s lack of sporting infrastructure.
He assured that within a year and a half, the minister will come and commission the state sports complex which has been under construction for decades.
He said: “we have been talking with the speaker and members of my cabinet about the sports complex.
“We will ensure that the project is built to an international standard and become the envy of many states.
A minute silence was later observed in honour of late Executive Director of Sports, Adamawa state, Mallam Umaru Nekendawiri who died on Sunday, 4th September, 2016.
By Dan Garba, Yola