|Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano|
*Ganduje ready to host event
By Oluwole Francis
Due to the obvious inability of the Cross River State government to host the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF), there are reliefing indications that the government of Kano State may come to the rescue of the nation to host the championship if the Ministry of Sports asked.
The championship which was supposed to take place every two years has not been staged since the last one in Lagos State in 2012 due to the cash crunch occasioned by the current recession biting the government of Cross River State. The state had to bow out from hosting the event.
Kano’s ability and intention to host was cheerily dropped by a former Special Assistant to the Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Abbah Yola who told www.gongnews.net in Abuja that the government of Kano State is ready to host the event should the Ministry of Youth and Sports ask the state government ask for support.
Yola who regretted that the country has lost the opportunity of organising the championship since 2012 added that the delay has also caused the nation the benefit of identifying some young and untapped talents that would have been so discovered.
According to him, Kano State has the facilities to host the sports festival and that Governor Abdulahi Ganduje will be eager to play host to the youths of Nigeria any time it is fixed.
“It very regrettable that for four years the country has not been able to organise the National Sports Festival which means that we have lost two championship opportunities that would have given us the chance to identify young and untapped talents.
“I also know that the governor of Kano State will be very ready to host the championship. We are very convinced that he will grant the approval as soon as the proposal gets to him. The only issue there is whether the Ministry of Youth and Sports who have said they will now host the games in Abuja will agree to give Kano the chance.”