Impressed by the unrelenting efforts of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in youth development and youth inclusiveness in governance, Minister of Sports Mr Sunday Dare hinted to the governor that, “Kano will host next year’s (2022) National Youth Game.”
He dropped the hint, when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor at his office, Saturday, explaining that, “This is the first time we are holding the Game outside University setting. Kano is the first state to host it.”
A statement by Ganduje’s spokesperson, Abba Anwar said Mr Dare informed the governor that he was in Kano to attend closing ceremony of Dala Hard Court.
According to him, ten thousand (10,000) Nigerian youth will participate in the event. Appreciating that, “Kano state is fast gaining reputation in sports. While at the same time, Kano is the centre of political articulation of the North.”
The Minister applauded the governor for identifying with youth in the state and the nation as a whole, emphasising that, “I commended Kano for sending contingent to Ilorin and for attending Benin Sports Festival the other time.”
After congratulating governor Ganduje for the Award of Excellence given to him by The Sun newspaper, he said, “I was there Your Excellency, when I represented the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.”
In his response, governor Ganduje thanked the Minister for identifying with Kano. Started that, “Let me start with the good omen you brought to Kano. That you are holding National Youth Game in the state next year 2022.”
He revealed to the Minister that, “We are holding Sports Summit in Kano. The wisdom behind this, is to involve all stakeholders, particularly the private sector in all sporting activities. We are therefore extending our invitation to the Honourable Minister
The governor assured the Minister that, Kano would provide an enabling environment for the forthcoming National Youth Game to hold successfully.