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.

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