Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State has commended the Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung for completing a mini stadium in Dawakin Kudu Local Government area of Kano State.
The Governor gave the commendation at the commissioning of the stadium on Monday.
In his speech, Gov Ganduje said the gesture demonstrated Federal Government’s commitment to youth development in the country.
“First of all we want to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for approving the construction of this ultra modern mini stadium here in Dawakin Kudu local government area of Kano State.
Certainly, Kano State being the most populous state in Nigeria has the highest number of youths in Nigeria, therefore, this project has been constructed in a place where it is supposed to be constructed.
“We appreciate the Honorable Minister of Sports and we assure him after the hand over of this stadium, that the Kano state Sports Council will take very good care of this facility for the development of sports and our youths here in Kano state. We highly appreciate this donation.”
While commissioning and handing over the mini stadium to the Kano state government, Dalung advised the state government to ensure the maximum utilization and maintenance of the facility .
“This project is one of Federal government’s policies to address the problem of lack of facilities at the grassroots. Today, we hand over this stadium to the Kano State government for effective management and utilization for the purpose of our people at the grassroots.
“We pray that in the years ahead, we will put more of these facilities at the grassroots so that we can produce the likes of Ahmed Musa, Jay Jay Okocha and a host of great men and women we have in this country.”
In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Olusade Adesola said that the Mini Sports Stadium was executed by Honourable Mustapha Bala Dawaki as a Constituency Project of Dawakin Kudu/Warawa in the Federal House of Representatives.
“It is delightful to note that you overwhelmingly supported his return to the House of Representatives for another term of four years in the Federal House of Representatives as a mark of appreciation for his
numerous contributions to the development of his constituency in particular and the nation at large.
“I sincerely commend his foresight and commitment to the completion of the project”, Adesola said.
The stadium comprises of a football pitch and a six-lane tartan track.
Sports kit and equipment valued at N57m were later distributed to sports clubs and the 44 local government councils of the state while an awards night and dinner was held for the state’s athletes who excelled in various national and international competitions.
Cash awards totaling N30,650,000 were given to deserving athletes including a plot of land each.