Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has challenged stakeholders in the sports industry to chart a way forward for his direction in the sector.
To achieve this, the governor promised to organise a sports summit to galvanise ideas and input on the present administration’s policy direction in sports.
Governor Abdulrazaq stated this at the closing ceremony of the Nigeria Squash Federation’s grassroots development programme in Ilorin.
Memo on challenges
He called on sports associations to present their memos of their respective challenges.
According to him, “the stakeholders will determine whether the sports administration should be run by the Ministry of Sports or by Sports Commission to achieve positive results.’’
He maintained that the state is known as home of champions in the game of Squash and promised to support sports to enable the state remain the epicenter of sports in Africa.
Governor Abdulrazaq assured Sportsmen and women that he would visit the indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara State Stadium with a view to having firsthand information on the state of the Hall and for intervention.
The National President, Nigeria Squash Federation, Boye Oyerinde said the Federation brought the training programme to the state in recognition of the place of Kwara in the game of Squash in Nigeria.
Oyerinde said that Nigeria was rated third in Africa while Egypt remained the number one in the world, urging the governor to revive Squash in the state.
The Director of Sports, Kwara State Sports Council, Coach Tunde Kazeem said the state had produced a lot of champions in various sporting activities for Nigeria, particularly in Squash, Badminton, Basketball and Table Tennis.
He appealed to Governor Abdulrazaq to build four Olympic sized Squash courts and renovate the Indoor Sports Hall to enable the state regain its lost glory in sports.
Coach Kazeem commended the facilitators of the programme, Coach Bola Magaji and Professor Tayo Talabi for their role in promoting Squash in the state and Nigeria as a whole.