Kaduna govt to prioritise community, school sports dev – Commissioner
(R-L, Commissioner, MYSC, Kaduna State Daniel Dan-Auta receiving a survennier from Zonal Sec of SWAN, Abdulraheem Aodu in Kaduna on Tuesday)
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria//
Kaduna State Commissioner of Youth, Sports and Culture, Daniel Danauta has reiterated the commitment of the state government to priorities community and school sports development in the state.
The commissioner said, already, the state government is searching for space at strategic places even if it means buying up property for the purpose of creating enabling environment for youths in the state quickly that, the development when materialized will not only produce talents for the state, but will address the issue of truancy and improve academic performance of the students.
The sport enthusiast who stated this is interactive session with the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kaduna State Chapter at his office in Kaduna on Tuesday.
He explained that historically, Kaduna has been at the forefront of churning out talents from the grassroots, and it is evidenced by the number of internationally recognised talents that were discovered from the state.
The Commissioner added that SWAN is an important stakeholder that cannot be overlooked when looking for ways of improving sports, in view of their important role in enlightening and informing the public.
In a remarks, Kaduna SWAN Chairman, Mr. Isaiah Benjamin assured the commissioner of the support of his members in publicising the activities of the ministry.
He recalled that at the recent National Youth Games held in Ilorin last year, Kaduna SWAN projected the state positively.
Benjamin however frowned at the absence of the Kaduna State Governor at the association’s WEEK held last December, where he was also billed to be awarded for his positive contribution to sports development.
“We were disappointed when the Governor was absent and the representative he sent also failed to turn up. We sent a follow-up letter to him, but we are yet to get any sleep response”, he said.