Kwankwaso donates sports wears, cash to 1,000 clubs
Former Kano state Governor, Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has donated sports wears and cash to 1,000 football clubs in the north as part of his efforts to boost sports activities in the country.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony organised by Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation, Chairman of the local organising committee, Dr Abubakar Nuhu Danburan, said over N150m was spent on the programme.
Dr Danburan, a member representing Kano Municipal in the House of Representatives, said 500 clubs were selected from Kano and 500 others from the 18 northern states.
He said more clubs would be selected from the five other geopolitical zones in November this year for similar gesture, saying the programme was aimed at encouraging talented footballers in the pursuance of their sporting career.
The chairman said the former governor had achieved a lot in the area of sports when he was a governor in the state, saying, “He has established Sports Academy, Mahaha sports complex and a sports secondary school among other things.
“It is unfortunate that after Kwankwaso left office, his successor has converted the Mahaha sports complex into residential area where plots were allocated to individuals. I want assure our youths that as soon as Kwankwasiyya return to power come 2019, we will return the field to footballers. “Anybody that is allocated with a plot in the area should consider his certificate of occupancy invalid. The land was meant for sports and we will return it to footballers.”
In his remarks, the Director General of Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation, Alhaji Surajo Habib Zamfara, said the gesture was aimed at encouraging youth to boost their talents in sports activities.