More Teams Benefit From Governor Sule’s One Team, One Ball Initiative

August 26 05:05 2021

Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, on Wednesday, continued with the distribution of free customized footballs to local football teams in Nasarawa State with Nasarawa North Zone, compromising Akwanga Nasarawa-Eggon and Wamba Local Government Areas the beneficiaries of the phase two of the Governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule-Administration’s One Team, One Ball Initiative.

Led by the State’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Othman Bala Adam, who was accompanied by the Ministry’s Director of Technical, Mustapha Bello Sani, the distribution team first visited Wamba Local Government Area before returning to Akwanga and wrapping up the tour of the Zone at Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area as local football teams trooped out en masse to receive the Governor’s gesture.

Some of the representatives of the benefitting football clubs could not hide their feelings as captured by the Public Relations Office of the Ministry.

Yahaya Iliya, Coach, Traffic Challengers FC, Wamba: “I am so grateful for this wonderful gesture.

“On behalf of the entire coaches of Wamba Local Government Area which is am also the Secretary, we are showing our sincerest appreciation to Governor Abdullahi Sule for looking towards the side of the youth.

“While we look forward to more of this gesture, I want to also thank the Commissioner and his Ministry for ensuring this project is a reality and devoid of any hiccups.”

Nuhu Abdulhamid, Director Social Services Department, Wamba Local Government Area: “I wish to, on behalf of Wamba Local Government Area, thank the distribution team headed by Hon. Othman Bala Adam, for this noble initiative.

“This is the first of its kind since the creation of the State in 1996 and the Governor who bought and facilitated the idea must be specially applauded because all the youth in the State are happy with his fatherly love.

“He is the kind of leader our society yearns for.”

Bashir Ibrahim, Coach, Future International FC, Wamba: “To be honest, we are overwhelmed by what the administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule is doing for youth in the State, especially in the area of sports development.

“Our youth are most concentrative now because there are myriads of sporting activities going on across the State that they will expend their energies on, and this will help them re-identify their real potentials and shun social vices.

“The Governor is a very good man and knows what he is doing, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of the masses. We pray God to extend his stay in office as Governor to do more for the people and state at large.”

Kene John Dio, Coach, Nchikpe United FC, Akwanga Local Government Area: “I wish to extend our great appreciation to our workaholic Governor for thinking towards the side of young persons in the State, especially youth in sports.

“Also, kudos to the Commissioner and his Ministry for initiating this wonderful programme.

“This further affirms the place of youth in this current dispensation.

“Gestures like the one we have just received from the Governor won’t go unacknowledged. At the right time, he will get the reward of what he has done for us the youth.

“But I wish to make a passionate appeal to the administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule to consider constructing a befitting Sports Stadium in Akwanga to further boost sporting activities and harness hidden potentials in the State.”

Hon. Danlami Alaphu Kuje, SSA, Inter-Party Affairs, Nasarawa North Zone: “This is a welcome development because it brings both youth and people of various backgrounds together for a common purpose.

“The Governor’s magnanimity is unrivaled as long as Nasarawa State is concerned, and I wish to thank him for supporting this programme – the rewards are numerous.

“I, therefore, call on the beneficiaries to take advantage of this opportunity to bring out their full potentials for their growth and development of our dear State.”

Sadiq Hassan, Chairman, Nasarawa-Eggon Coaches Council cum Nasarawa State Veterans’ Football Association: “I am not surprised at what the Governor is doing because we all know him to be a man of his words and a critical sports stakeholder who knows the value of sports and youth engagement.

“Youth are the backbone of any society, this, the Governor knows well which was why he appointed someone with vast knowledge about sports and good human relations with the people to head the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“In this part of the world, if you want to succeed as a public office holder, then sports and youth engagement are the main solutions because you will deal with less social vices, less health risks, high productivity and the life expectancy of your citizens will be higher.

“We can’t thank the Governor enough for what his benevolence means to us in the sports sector. He is a timely Messiah, and it’s our earnest prayer that he continues to exceed all expectations.”

Zachary Sule Galadima, Coach, All Stars FC, Nasarawa-Eggon: “I started playing football even before Nasarawa State was created, but I must say this is the first time I am seeing something so spirit-lifting as this.

“The Governor brings tears of joy to my eyes and hope that what we have been clamoring for is now here with us, eventually.

“The Commissioner whom I prefer to describe as a square peg in a square hole, is, indeed, a man of dignity and one who knows his onions.

“I don’t see him as a politician but a technocrat, and people like him should be the ones to head public offices, not those who are just out there to milk the State dry for their selfish gains.

“I want to plead with the people of Nasarawa State to allow this administration to continue so that we can enjoy more dividends of democracy.”

Prince Ibiwoye Alakija, Chairman, Nasarawa State Football Referees’ Council: “We are so happy about the Governor’s poise on sports development. This goes to tell you that youth who are the largest stakeholders in the sports sector have a special place in the heart of the Governor.

“Our job in this regard is very simple which is to support and continue to support the administration of Governor Sule to exceed all expectations.

“We used to hear or read about sport-loving Governors from afar, but today, we have our own. The longer Governor Sule stays in office, the better for youth and sports development in Nasarawa State.”

Haladu Akwashiki, Vice Chairman, Nasarawa State Football Association: “Commissioner sir, you are, without any iota of doubt, a leader with a difference.

“You didn’t only play football in your heyday but now administering it in the best way.

“It was through your support that we are able to commence the 2nd edition of the Nasarawa State Premier League competition as well as witnessing other gigantic strides in the sports sector.

“You are the first and only Commissioner in the State that has shown true commitment to sports development and capacity building.

“The State FA is so lucky to work with you, and with your support, we will achieve greater things in future for the overall development of our youth and State as a whole.”

Alh. Mohammed Alkali, Chairman Nasarawa State Football Association cum Nigeria Nationwide League One: “It’s common place cliche’ that you should follow who knows the way. I elect to say Governor Sule knows the way and has equally appointed a credible person to lead the Youth and Sports Ministry on the path of success.

“Today, everyone is happy and ready to work for the continuation of this administration to better the lots of the citizenry.

“The State FA has never had it this good since the creation of the State. We are being carried along by the State Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in any sport-related development, especially in our jurisdiction which is football.

“A sport-loving administration like that of Governor Abdullahi Sule deserves more from us and everyone who loves peace in Nasarawa State, and we will stop at nothing to make him succeed.

“Equally, too, we can’t be here today without the hand of fellowship that is being extended to us by the Commissioner, Othman Bala Adam. He is an exceptional politician with grassroots inclinations and charisma.

“We enjoy working with him because he is an honest and sincere man who goes to any length to get a job done.”

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Othman Bala Adam, revealed that the ‘One Team, One Ball’ Initiative “was birthed by the Ministry and received the full endorsement of the Executive Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, and it was to enhance capacity and ability of youth in the State to take football seriously as it’s no longer a leisure sport but an economic and vocational venture that can change the life of a person and society for the better.”

He added that data of teams generated from the exercise would be used to plan and execute bigger projects at grassroots level in line with the Governor Sule administration’s policies on sports development.

Nearly one hundred and fifty(150) pieces of branded footballs were donated to teams in Nasarawa North Zone.

The last and final batch of the distribution exercise will hold in Nasarawa South Zone, comprising Awe, Doma, Keana, Lafia and Obi Local Government Areas respectively, in the coming days.

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