By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kano State Government has donated N13.5 million to 41 Nigeria Nationwide Football League One clubs in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Director- General, Media and Communications, Government House, Kano, Ameen K. Yassar, seven Division One clubs were given N500, 000 each, 15 Division two clubs got N350, 000 each, while 19 Division Three clubs took home N250, 000 each.
Presenting the donation at the Government House in Kano, the state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje explained that the gesture was part of the government’s determination to motivate the clubs to strive for excellence in national and international competitions.
“I am happy that your clubs are doing well and as a government, we should encourage you to do better. We share your passion for the game and we will do our best to create the enabling environment for you to do better”, Dr. Ganduje explained.
According to Gov. Ganduje, “Not too long ago, we donated money and a variety of football kits to 1,206 football clubs in the state as part of our commitment to the development of sports”.
He noted that football was not just a game but a major instrument of promoting peaceful co-existence, bridging cultural gaps and a critical factor in international relations.
The governor, therefore charged football clubs in Kano to sustain their zeal, assuring that his administration would not relent in supporting them to win accolades for the state.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the governor on Sports, Alhaji Kabiru Baita, told the clubs that with the support of the state government, the sky was their limit in terms of football.