By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nilayo Sports, Seyi Johnson has given assurances that the maiden Kaduna Marathon tagged “Kaduna Runs” will.be world class.
The COO, whose firm Nilayo is the official consultant to the half marathon billed for November in Kaduna, gave the assurance at a press briefing by Governor Nasir el-Rufai held at the Council Chambers, Kaduna State Government House on Saturday.
“Come November 21, I can see the Future of a big marathon that will be of world class like the Boston Marathon and its likes,” he said.
Johnson said that the company is successful and owns Lagos Marathon and Abuja Marathon, as well as others.
He said that Kaduna and the North has not witnessed a marathon of this magnitude in the last 60 years.
“For the Marathon, we are working on bringing everybody together.
“Just like his Excellency, Malam Nasir el-Rufai is not tribal or religious differences, the young and old, the villagers, men and women together irrespective of religion will come together during the marathon,” he assured.
Speaking further on how the marathon will be sustained annually, he said “For Milayo Sports we always talk about sustainability.”
Also speaking, the chairman of the organising committee, Mr. Jimi Lawal explained that about N300 million Naira will be required for a successful hosting of the marathon, covering prize money and other logistics.
“We are sure of attracting enough sponsors to cover the costs. If we can attract the sponsors, it shows that the marathon is sustainable,” he said.