Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, has, for the umpteenth time, emphasized the need to harness and develop the abundance of sports talents at the grassroots level.
The Commissioner made this known at the grand finale of the maiden edition of Turakin Duglu Peace and Unity Grassroots Football Tournament held on Sunday, 12th June, at Akaleku village playground, Jenkwe Development Area of Nasarawa State.
Delivering his remarks, Yargwa applauded the sponsor of the tournament, Chief Isaac Kigbu for his foresight towards helping budding athletes discover their hidden potentials.
“This is a laudable programme you have created for our teeming youth. It will go a long way in helping them find their calling in life.
“I have known you for quite some time, and your humanitarian services are evident across the nooks and crannies of the society.
“Nasarawa State is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, unfortunately, we have limited wherewithal to harness them.
“But what you have done will remain indelible both in the minds of these youth and the world at large, especially at a time when His Excellency, our sports-loving Governor is doing everything physically possible to give our youth a sense of belonging through every meaningful venture available.
“You have demonstrated that you are a major stakeholder not just in football, but in every aspect of human and society development.
“I congratulate the latest champions and also congratulate those who lost out. However, my position about life is that there are no losers – everyone is a winner, and as a Ministry, we will ensure that the talents discovered from this tournament will be given the best platform to further develop their gifts in order to become global stars.”
Speaking earlier, sponsor of the tournament and Turakin Duglu, Chief Isaac Kigbu stated that the essence of the tournament was to bring the youth together to foster peace and development in their society and equally discover their potentials for podium appearance.
He added that youth are the backbone of every society and should always endeavour to channel their energy towards achieving positive things.
Chief Kigbu noted that the second edition of the competition would be a statewide affair with participating teams benefitting from free customised kits.
Also present at the closing ceremony was Nasarawa State Commissioner for Special Duties and Legal Matters, Hon. Barr. Hannatu Bala Abimiku, among others.
At regulation time, Adudu Best FC defeated Dynamic FC of Akaleku by 2-0, with the new champions carting away a giant trophy and one hundred and fifty thousand naira (₦150,000) in cash prize, while the runners-up and 3rd-place winners, got one hundred thousand naira (₦100,000) and fifty thousand naira (₦50,000) respectively.