By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kano State Government has awarded contract for the construction and equipping of a standard gymnasium and five-a-side soccer pitch, at the premises of the State Ministry of Youths and Sports.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Director – General, Media and Public Relations, Government House, Kano, Ameen K. Yassar.
Equally, the government has awarded contract for the construction of additional office accommodation within the Ministry. The projects will cost millions of Naira.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the project site saaying his administration is investing in youth development in order to build their competencies for meaningful adulthood.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to nurture a sport climate that will make available many benefits to our youth”.
“We are fully are of the importance of physical fitness therefore there is the need to promote and environment where our youths can be physically and psychologically alert and excel in sports competitions”.
“The popularity of five-a-side youth football is increasing and to promote the socio – emotional and physical development of our youths, we are investing in this and the other projects here”.
The governor, who expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of the on-going infrastructural projects at the Ministry of Youths, urged the contractors to maintain the trend to enable speedy commissioning.
Governor Ganduje urged youths in the state to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the government to acquire education, engage in good sportsmanship and build self – esteem.
He used the occasion to announce the donation of a bus to the students’ union of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, promising that the pledge for the purchase of the union’s almanac would also be redeemed.
Conducting the governor round, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Comrade Kabiru Ado Lakwaya expressed appreciation to the governor for granting approval for the projects, promising that on completion, they would be put to optimum use.
Meanwhile, the governor commissioned the office complex of the State Ministry of Religious Affairs at Gidan Murtala in Kano city. He took time off to inaugurate 15 water tanks and consumables aimed at stimulating personal hygiene, donated to model Qur’anic schools in the state, by KDC Foundation.
He also inspected the on-going multimillion Naira Ceremonial Court Complex construction at Audu Bako Secretariat, where he commended the contractor for doing quality job.