By Joseph Edegbo
Relevant stakeholders in the sporting sector in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, have indicated a renewed commitment towards the development of sports in the State.
At their meeting convened by Hon. Abubakar Adams Ekene, former Chairman, Kada city FC and now General Manager of premier league side Remo Stars of Abeakuta basically discussed issues that will bring about a positive turn around
in the sports cycle in the State.
Notable stakeholders present at the meeting which equally had grassroot coaches include, ex- internationals such as Dahiru Sani (MFR), Abubakar Aliyu, Ali Nayara, Tajudeen Oyekanmi, Ishaya Jatau, Dr. Alex Mana among others as well as the Kaduna State Football Association (FA) Secretary, Abubakar Usman.
At the meeting, challenges which have bedevilled sports growth in Kaduna State were identified and way forward proferred accordingly.
The convener, Hon. Ekene who lamented the deteriorating state of sports in the State particularly football urged all stakeholders present, to contribute individually and collectively to reviving sports in Kaduna State.
Towards that, Hon. Ekene gave a cash donation of N500,000:00 to the ex-stars competition which is ongoing in Kaduna, stressing that he is ready to partner with any group or organization that is geared towards sports development in the State and Nigeria in general.
” I am also sponsoring the Mohammed Sani Dattijo Peace and Unity cup catch them young competition scheduled to start very soon in Kaduna” he said.
Hon. Ekene said the.competition which has mouth watering prizes is in support of the political aspiration of Hon. Dattijo who is the serving Commissioner of Budget and planning commission in Kaduna State.