By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Trophy of the National Principals’ Cup took a tour of Kaduna State on Thursday and berthed at the Kaduna State Government House, where it was received by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, accompanied by other top executive council members.
Top dignitaries who were on hand to receive the trophy from the Main Organising Committee, were the Kaduna State Commissioner of Sports Development, Professor Kabiru Mato, Zonal Coordinator North West, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Andullahi Idris and National Organising Secretary of Youth Sports Federation of NIgeria (YSFON), Malam Abdulrazak Usman.
In the speech of the Zonal Sports Coordinator, he thanked the Deputy Governor for sparing time within very tight schedule to receive the trophy on behalf of His Excellency which is a further manifestation of the priority the government has in sports development within the zone most especially grassroots sports development.
The Zonal Coordinator Coordinator also informed Her Excellency, that, the trophy is on its maiden tour to Kaduna, the North-West Zonal Sports Headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development eenroute venue of final at Abuja on the April 5, 2021.
The Principal’s Cup, was revived after several years, by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to give more priority to grassroots sports development.
It is being piloted by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare.
At its reintroduction in 2020, he explained that the Principal’s Cup has been expanded beyond its traditional football base and will now feature events in Athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing and Badminton, Sports Minister Sunday Dare has revealed.
Dare disclosed the change to the structure and scope of the Principals’ Cup at an event held to unveil the logo and brand ambassadors for the competition in Lagos on September 21, 2020.
The move, Dare said, is part of the ministry’s effort to revamp the tournament and is fundamental to the Sports ministry’s “mandate of expanding the catchment areas of our grassroots development efforts in the country.