As a result of the success recorded so far in the ongoing Sani Saleh Peace and Unity Cup, the competition would be expanded to feature teams from the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State in 2018.
Former Senator representing Kaduna Central, General Sani Saleh (rtd) disclosed this when fielding questions from newsmen at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna shortly after he was honoured with an Award of Excellence by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kaduna State Chapter at the weekend.
He explained that already, talks were on with the state government for partnership towards that.
“We have seen the success recorded in terms of creating unity and friendship between youth through the competition.
“The Kaduna State Government headed by His Excellency, Governor Nasir el-Rufai is excited by the development and we are discussing on how to make it a state-wide competition,” he said.
Distinguished Senator Saleh who with support from BET9JA and Star Times is sponsoring the competition said that the decision was borne out of the need to consolidate on efforts of the state government in maintaining peace.
“We are happy that the governor is doing all within his powers in making Kaduna one of the safest States in Nigeria, a move that is constantly reducing unemployment burden through the attraction of investments, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs,” he added.
It would be recalled that Kaduna SWAN identified the Senator for sports development in the state after successfully sponsoring the peace cup with a brand new car as first prize, one million Naira as second position prize and five hundred thousand Naira as for the second runner-up.
During the SWAN Lecture/Awards, Senator Saleh announced a 500,000 pledge to the association.