*calls for sportsmanship among contingents
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged contingents of the NIPOST sports festival from the 36 states of the federation to be a source of inspiration to young talents in the host state.
A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli said the Governor made the call while declaring open, the 8th NIPOST Sports Festival, tagged Gombe 2019, taking place in Gombe.
He identified sports as one of the unifying factors that strengthen ties not only among states but beyond the shores of the country.
Governor Yahaya who guaranteed the contingents a hitch-free and peaceful tournament, applauded the the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and NIPOST’s Governing Board Chairman, Barrister Maimuna Yaya Abubakar for bringing the tournament to the jewel state.
Governor Yahaya said, “Gombe is endowed with sports talents who excell in various fields of sporting activities nationally and internationally, so you will have not made a better choice for a host state”.
” It is our hope, that our young sports talents here in the state will have so much to learn from this competition”.
Governor Yahaya who inspected the match past by the contingents along other officials urged Gombe state sports commision and Ministry for youth and sports development to accord all the desired support to the NIPOST Local Organizing Committee to ensure the success of the festival.
With this festival, Gombe state is hosting more than 1000 contingents from the 36 state branches of the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, who will compete for honours in several sports, including athletics, football, badminton, egg race, table tennis, postmen race, thug of war, volleyball among others.