In line with his commitment to the upliftment of the youth and support for their development, Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello has provided financial support to the youth-based National Sports Festival (NSF) to the tune of N40 million.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which disclosed governor Bello’s support as the NSF got underway, expressed appreciation to the youth-loving Kogi state helmsman and the state for supporting the fiesta.
It said the fund will go a long way in uplifting the youth who are the larger participants at the biennial sports fiesta.
The Ministry through the media team of its Minister Sunday Dare assured it would commit the fund to providing feeding, transportation and other support.
The ministry expressed the belief that other state governors will emulate governor Bello in supporting the sports festival as a show of their support for the youth by promoting the fiesta that helps to build their carriers in sports.
Over 65% of the athletes are youth for whom the fiesta, dubbed Nigeria’s Olympics, is a great opportunity to expose their skills and possibly secure tickets to the Tokyo Olympics.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Dare, had personally called to thank Kogi state governor for coming through quickly in support of the Nigerian Youth.
“The governor’s support is timely and useful, and I thank him on behalf of the youth who are participating in the 20th National Sports Festival in Edo,” he said.