By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has promised financial reward and a piece of land in choice place in Kaduna State to all the medalist at the recently concluded National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged EDO 2020.
Governor el-Rufai who made the pledge when he received the medalist at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House on Tuesday June 22, 2021, said he was impressed with Team Kaduna for their efforts at making Kaduna proud at the festival.
He said, he had wished that Kaduna came among the first three but was quite satisfied with the achievements with honesty and Integrity following rumours of mercenaries used by other States.
” I am ordering the Sports Commissioner to immediately come up with a financial reward proposal for all the medalists and all the athletes who participated at the festival.
” The Medalists should also be made to fill forms to be allocated a piece of land in any part of Kaduna State and free of any cost, I urge would be beneficiaries not to sell the land, this will ginger you to do more in your God given talents.
“All the Medalists will be allocated plots of land each alongside cash while all the other athletes who participated will also benefit from cash gifts,” he said.
The Governor noted that sports is very important and the only thing that unites Nigerians regardless of their tribe, religion or ethnicity.
” Sports is also a unifier and not only that, sports unifies the people, it is also a business that can generate a lot of money for the state and the athletes.
” We will encourage companies in Kaduna State to endorse some of these athletes as part of way of encouraging them, I congratulate all the medalists and wish you the very best, thank you and God bless you all,” he said.
Earlier in his address, Kaduna State Commissioner of Sports Development, Professor Kabir Mato gave a run down of the medals won in the various games.
He commended the governor for supporting the Ministry of Sports Development to be able to compete favourably with other states at various sports competition.
” We assure you Your Excellency, that in future competitions Kaduna athletes will meet your expectations and even beyond,” he assured.