By: Joy Olekan
The Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Youths and Sports Barr. Suleiman Aliyu disclosed this during his visit to Adamawa Sports Council as part of his familiarization tour of establishments and facilities under his Ministry. He said, the government is redirecting its energy towards sports development in the state.
He also intimated that the government has short and long term plans to turn around the fortunes of Sports in the state. He emphasized that under the short term plan of resuscitating sports, the government will embark on an aggressive reconstruction to complete the abandoned sporting edifice in the state.
According to him, the state has a history of Sporting supremacy which is currently dwindling due to lack of attention given to sports by successive administration. He also said, the ministry will embark on training of athletes and officials where necessary to promote sporting activities in the state towards achieving positive result. He added that the governments will synergies with relevant agencies to redefine sports and restore its lost glory.
On the other hand, the Executive Director of the Sports Council Mal. Umar B Nekendawiri said the visit of the commissioner was not only historic but has the prospect of repositioning sports in the state. He also emphasized that the council is crippled by lack of sporting equipment and facilities which is a major factor that degenerated sporting activities in the state.
Lastly, Mal. Umar sought the cooperation of the government in supporting the proposed Adamawa State Sports Festival which is scheduled for December 2015. He added that both government and private sectors should partner in order to promote sporting activities in the state.
The Hon. Commissioner was taken round to inspect the available facilities and equipment’s on ground.