By Oyewale Oyelola
The Kano state government has donated N13.5 million to 41 Nigeria Nationwide Football League One clubs in the state.
A statement released by Director General Media and Communications, Ameen K. Yassar on Monday in Kano indicated seven Division One clubs were given N500, 000 each, 15 Division two clubs got N350, 000 each, while 19 Division Three clubs took home N250, 000 each.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while presenting the donation at the Government House in Kano, explained that the gesture was part of the government’s determination to motivate the clubs to strive for excellence in national and international competitions.
His words: “I am happy that your clubs are doing well and as a government, we should encourage you to do better. We share your passion for the game and we will do our best to create the enabling environment for you to do better.
“Not too long ago, we donated money and a variety of football kits to 1,206 football clubs in the state as part of our commitment to the development of sports”.
He noted that football was not just a game but a major instrument of promoting peaceful co-existence, bridging cultural gaps and a critical factor in international relations.
Kano governor therefore charged football clubs in Kano to sustain their zeal, assuring that his administration would not relent in supporting them to win accolades for the state.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the governor on Sports, Alhaji Kabiru Baita said the sky will be the limit in terms of football with the support of the state government to soccer clubs.