Revamping Sports In Nasarawa State, Amb. Yargwa’s Road Map

Revamping Sports In Nasarawa State,  Amb. Yargwa’s Road Map

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By Eche Amos

Sports have the capacity and potentials not only to unite the people but they also serve as valuable tools for youth engagement, employment and means of livelihood.

It is in line with this, that the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, have disclosed that the State Government through the ministry is working assiduously to revive long-forgotten, abadoned sporting activities and facilities in the State.

The commissioner who stated this during the 19th Annual Inter-House Sports Competition of Shepherd International College in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, on Saturday.

The young commissioner who noted that the ministry under his purview is already setting up modalities to revamp some of the defunct sporting events in the State for the purpose of harnessing talents and creating jobs for the teaming youth.

“There used to be the Nasarawa State Sports Festival; the Governor’s Cup, and the Inter-Schools Sports Competition, but it’s been long all these sports were held due to one reason or the other.

“But as a responsible Government that is poised to engage its youth meaningfully, we are doing everything within our capacity to return those events and restore the winning mentally that once was the mainstay of our youth.

“Some of the great sporting talents the State has produced came from such programmes which is why revamping them is non-negotiable and a task we must accomplish.

“This won’t require much resources as some people are insinuating, but with the right approach, we can begin to record more podium successes in no distant time.

“Also, it will help to save the Government humongous resources poaching for talents elsewhere.”

Self Control House emerged winners of the competition

The visibly-elated Commissioner applauded Shepherd International College for sustaining the Inter-House Sports Competition, pledging that Government would continue to provide enabling environment for institutions and individuals who are determined to contribute to the growth and development of the State and its citizens.

Amb. Yargwa who was the Distinguished Guest of Honour at the Event called on other institutions to emulate the path of Shepherd International College and always get Government involved in their activities to reach a wider target, noting that Inter-House Sports Competition is part of Education as it builds students’ self-esteem.

After giving personal cash donations to students who displayed exceptional talents during the competition, including the highest medals’ winner, Dantani Labaran Usman, the Commissioner later presented the overall winners’ trophy to Self Control House, urging them to sustain the feat, going forward.

Also lending his voice was the College’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Professor Isaac Ogara, who laid emphasis on the importance of sports.

He said the Inter-House Sports competition is part of the school’s deliberate effort to give the students variety of options in choosing their career paths as not all students would end up as academic success.

He encouraged parents to support their children or wards to always participate in sport activities.

He also called on Government at all levels as well as other well-to-do individuals in the society to support youth participation in sporting activities to create jobs and curb social vices.

The four participating Houses were well represented by students who displayed commendable sportsmanship as they competed in various track and field events including Pole Vault, Judo, Athletics, Egg Race, Sack Race, March Past, among others, while the Home Economics students displayed some of the items they produced.

At the end of the event graced by parents and other invited guests, Self Control House won a total of 63 medals made up of 28 Gold, 18 Silver and 17 Bronze to emerge overall winners. Joy House came 2nd with a total of 54 medals made up of 18 Gold, 16 Silver and 20 Bronze.

Love House emerged 3rd with a total of 51 Medals made up of 13 Gold, 21 Silver and 17 Bronze, while Peace House came last, winning a total of 40 medals made up of 10 Gold, 13 Silver and 17 Bronze.

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