Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has again reassured the people of the state of his continued drive towards youth and sports development.
Comrade Sanni Ogu Salisu, the newly appointed Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state disclosed this on Thursday while receiving the management, players and officials of Kogi United, Confluence Queens and Kogi United Feeders in a courtesy visit to his office in Lokoja.
Honorable Salisu said sports have been a major cardinal points of his excellency’ blueprints to develop the youths in the state just as he promised that the sector would witness a tremendous turn around during his time in the ministry.
While commending the state clubs for making the state proud in their various league campaigns, Honorable Salisu charged them to their efforts in the coming football season to bring home trophies to the state.
‘His Excellency has always shown interests in sports development and will continue to do so, he’s aware of what my activities on youth empowerment and students affairs, but he has categorically laid emphasis on sports which he has requested for a dramatic development in the sports sector which is why he brought me here, and I’m ready to give you the needed supports to achieve success.
“The resources are there for us to achieve our goals, we only need the push which we are now getting from the Governor, and I’m ready to work with you to bring premier league ticket for Kogi United and also make Confluence Queens more formidable,” he said.
Mallam Abdul Sule, chairman of Kogi United, Confluence Queens and Kogi Feeders who congratulated Honorable Salisu on his new appointment, thanked his excellency for his unending support for the state owned clubs just as he solicited more of it, especially for Kogi United to actualize their target of promoting to the top flight division in Nigeria.
The Team Managers of Kogi United and Confluence Queens, Ameh Henry and Tosin Olorunleke Ojo in a separate remarks appealed for more funding and new coaster buses for the clubs so as to reach their set goals in the coming season.
Comrade Deola Eseyin, Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Youth Empowerment, Sports and Students’ Affairs congratulated the new commissioner calling for team effort from other stakeholders to make the clubs a more formidable forces in the country.
The courtesy visit was attended by Senior Special Assistant, SSA to Governor on Sports, Honorable Segun Olobatoke, SSAs to Governor on Youth Empowerment from Kogi West, East and Central senatorial districts, representatives of Kogi United and Confluence Queens’ supporters clubs and other top officials from the ministry of sports and youth development.