The Kwara State Government has reiterated that one of its cardinal responsibilities is to reposition youths to be productive and self reliant for a better tomorrow.
This was contained in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Friday by the press secretary of Ministry of education and Human Capital Development, Yakub Kamaldeen Aliagan.
The state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu made this know during the final stage of the maiden edition of the Secondary Schools Football Championship organized by the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), held at the Main Bowl of the Kwara State Stadium Complex on Friday.
According to her, ” Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is a youth friendly governor that is taking youth development as a priority; that is why he approved the use of the Main Bowl for the final stage of this year’s competition and also provided financial support to make it successful”.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Mary Kemi Adeosun, further said “this is indeed an eventful and memorable programme.
“As a critical stakeholder in the education sector, I will always embrace the event that will be a mental and physical improvement to our students”.
She commended the organisers of the sports competition for deeming it fit to organising such a programme that will enhance unity, foster better understanding and reduce youth restiveness.
In his speech, the representative of the Governor who is also the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Sports Commission, Alhaji Bolakale Adisa Mogaji, appreciated the present administration for its landmark achievements in education reforms and youth development in the state.
“We need to appreciate the efforts of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led administration in youths development both in education and human capital development.
Sporting in schools was part of extra curricula activities that allowed students to discover their talents and prepare themselves for a better tomorrow, but bad leadership has made it a thing of the past. Kudos to the present administration that is trying to make us regain our lost glory”, he said
Magaji, however, promised improvement in subsequent editions and that female participation will be allowed.
In their separate remarks, the President of the Kwara State All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Alhaji Toyin Abdullahi, and President Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Umar Abdullahi commended the initiatives of the government for organizing competition.
They were of the view that such competitions will go a long way in improving self confidence and eliminating youth unrest in the society.
The competition started with preliminary in eight zones and a champion emerged in each zone for the knockout stage. The final match was won by ECWA Secondary School, Igbaja with one zero defeat of C&S Secondary School, Illorin.