*To boost sports participation
Kwara state will boost the development of sports in schools with the introduction of Secondary Schools football championship, to be known as Kwara Academicals Football competition.
This much was revealed by the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engr. Musa Ayinla Yeketi Tuesday, while declaring open the one-day seminar on schools sports, organised by the Ministry, at the Queen Elizabeth School Hall, Ilorin.
According to him, Kwara state is committed to the development of sports, especially in schools, adding that the present administration will continue to encourage all avenues through the public private partnership, towards assisting the youths to develop meaningfully.
He observed that the state, immediately after its creation, made first impact through school sports in the Davies Cup for Northern Nigeria, and the national Academicals football competition.
He charged stakeholders to work towards re-vitalisation of school sports in the state.
The gathering had major stakeholders in school sports, who include Schools Sports Officers, Local Government and SUBEB Sports Officers, Kwara State Sports Council Officials, Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, and those from the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development as well as that of Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, all of whom debated the way forward for schools sports and other related issues.
Two papers, ‘School sports development in Nigeria and Kwara state: The situation, organisational roles, challenges and way forward’ and ‘Roles of Sports Council in school sports development in Kwara state’ were delivered by Deji Rasheed Lawal and Mallam Tunde Kazeem, Kwara state Director of Sports respectively.
The state used to be the hub of youth soccer until she lost focus like many other states of the federation. She used to have one of the biggest youth leagues participating in Principals’ Cup where winners represent the state in Ramat Cup organised by the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON).