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NLO: Hon. Ekene splashes N20-million on 8 Kaduna Teams



The House Committee Chairman on Sports, Federal House of Representatives, and Member, representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency, Hon. Ekene Abubakar Adams has donated N20-Million naira to Kaduna teams ahead of the Nationwide League One, (NLO) competition slated for next month across various centers in the country.

The Lawmaker who announced the donation during a media parley with members of the Sport’s Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN) Kaduna state chapter amongst other sport stakeholders on Friday, at the popular Ahmadu Bello Stadium, (ABS) Kaduna said he desired good things for sport in Kaduna state.

Eight teams that qualified from the Division One to the Professional cadre at the end of every season are expected to slug it out in the championship play-off to determine the overall winner for the NLO season.

Speaking in Kaduna on Friday on the need for the various teams to put up their best in the competition, the Honourable Member said the donation is for logistics of the eight teams who qualified for the game, adding that when the teams are motivated, they will showcase their potentials to the fullest.

“We will do everything humanly possible to support the teams in other for them to do well in the forthcoming game. For that reason I am supporting the eight teams with the sum of N20-million naira for their logistics.

“I desire good thing for sport in Kaduna state we have 8 teams that are competing in the NLO, and as the House Committee Chairman on Sports, from Kaduna state here, I want the team to do very well to the best of their abilities.

“Under my administration, we are trying to do everything differently as a seasoned Administrator. I have played, I have managed and I can say that I have risen to the peak of my career in sport. We are now the one in government so if the previous government was doing anything wrong, we are to correct those mistakes and carry everyone along.” He said.

In his response, the Chairman Football Association, (FA) Kaduna state Mr. Faiza Mohammed Abdullahi, said that since the Lawmaker assumed office, they have been able to record a significant giant Strides.

He added that some of the steps that they have taken so far would take a little time to materialized, meanwhile he revealed that there was a disconnect from the previous government but since the coming of Hon. Ekene he has been able to sit down with Governor Uba Sani twice on the need to revitalize sporting activities in the state.

Also, the National President, Sport’s Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN) Comrade Isaiah Benjamin, (JP) appreciated the Hon. Member for his efforts and determination to see that sport thrive in the state and the country at large.

He urged members and well meaning Nigerians to prioritize the Lawmaker in their prayers so that God can give him the courage and the enablement to match action with his words even as he said that governance requires the contribution of all and sundry.

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Ministry of Sports unveils partnership with Yanga Games



Joel Ajayi

Towards creating a new dawn for Nigerian Sports, the Federal Ministry of Sports has signed a landmark agreement with top lottery company Yanga Games to raise the revenue profile of the Ministry and ensure a new deal for the welfare of athletes.

Speaking during the unveiling of the partnership between the Ministry and Yanga Games in Lagos on Friday, Chairman/CEO of Yanga Games Mr Derrick David Kentebe said “We are so super excited by this opportunity to work with the Ministry of Sports Development to change the narrative about Sports in the country. We see an opportunity for marketing our athletes and sports generally. We shall avail ourselves of the best use of this unique and special partnership. We shall pursue this mandate with vigor, passion, and unrivaled commitment to bring benefits to all the critical stakeholders.

The agreement according to Kentebe will provide support for retired athletes, enhance grassroots sports Development, and advance the potential of special athletes.a

He assured that ” Yanga Games can raise funds on behalf of the Ministry of Sports for athletes’ Development, endorsement, and sponsorship deals for athletes”.

Minister of Sports Senator John Owan Enoh assured that the Ministry has total and absolute confidence in YangaGames to deliver on the given mandate.

“Gone are the era when we depended solely on the government to fund sports development. We are partnering with YangaGames to bring maximum benefits to the athletes and all critical stakeholders. We shall give institutional encouragement and support to the Management of Yanga Games to succeed in this onerous task of rebuilding our sports sub-sector.”

Kentebe said ” We shall raise about 34 Billion in the next four years to assist athletes and improve sports in the country. We shall help to develop grassroots sports and sustain youth involvement through raffle draws, fund raisers, and other avenues.

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