*el-Rufai, others to grace final on Saturday
By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
While consolidating on the gains of the first edition which is ongoing, the Kaduna State Ministry of Sports Development has given assurances that the second edition of the Schools Sports will witness more than the four events being competed for in this edition.
The Commissioner of Sports, Professor Kabiru Mato gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on Thursday at the Media Centre, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, on the sidelines of the competition.
Represented by his SA Media, Ismaila Lere, he said that sponsorship from corporate organisations, private entities and public spirited efforts would be sought to make it more glamorous.
“The secondary schools sports is reaching its climax. It started since Wednesday.
“Athletes and officials from 12 education zones have arrived. We have done accreditation and verification which lasted 12 hours.
“Events going on according to schedule. We have 4 sporting activities football, basketball, volleyball and athletics. We will introduce board games to schools, chess and scrabble.
“We hope to expand the competition in next edition to include other sports as well as traditional sports,” he said.
He explained that what is being witnessed is an activity that has not been done in Kaduna for the past 24 years.
He further explained that they carefully selected because they are reviving schools sports and subsequently do a post mortem and know where to be improved upon.
“It is a thing of joy the Kaduna Govt has revived schools sports. We will use it to achieve three things.
“Discover talents, serve as a vehicle to curb youth restiveness. It is important youth sports has been revived,” he said.
He urged parents to encourage their wards to participate in sports.
“Parents should encourage their children and wards to participate in sports. Schools should build facilities for sports, without which sports cannot be developed,” he admonished.
On whether some of the zones came in with hired kegs, he assured that all students participating are bonafide.
In terms of financial burden used for the competition, he said that a lot has been spent by the state government.
“It is an investment, I can’t tell you how much has been spent so far, but a lot has been spent.
“Corporate organization and public spirited individuals and private sector can come in. We are exploring ways to bring them in to sponsor subsequent editions,” he informed.
Ahead of the final billed for Saturday, he explained that His Excellency, Governor of Kaduna Staye, Makam Nasir el-,Rufai is exoected to be the special guest of honour, while assuring that all arrangements for a colourful final have been concluded.
“We intend to have volleyball and basketball finals on Friday, we will wrap up with athletics,” he disclosed..
Also speaking, Director Schools Sports, Abel Habila Yakubu, said the competition is part of the mandate given to the ministry to develop grassroots sports.