Abuja – Silas Agara, the Nasarawa Deputy Governor-elect said on Friday that the incoming administration in the state would reposition sports to give the youths the opportunity to excel at various competitions.
Agara told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the ongoing refurbishment of the Lafia Township Stadium was part of the state government’s resolve to take sports to the next level.
“We have a sports loving-governor who knows what it takes to move sports forward.
“Certainly, it will be a good deal for sports to develop in the state and by the special grace of God it will have a vantage position in our programme as always.
“The refurbishment of the stadium is at the completion stage now; it is at about 90 per cent completion stage.
“When you come to the stadium, you will see that we started work from the scratch again.
“The seating facility has been properly refurbished and as soon as we are done with that stadium in Lafia, we will move on to Keffi and Akwanga,’’ Agara said.
According to Agara, who is currently the Special Adviser, Sports Development to Nasarawa governor, government is working hard to restore the athletes’ confidence in sports development in the state.
He said this would come by way of incentives and rewards for good performance at local and international competitions.
“When Almakura government came on board in 2011 sports was in a sorry state; there were lots of liabilities and low morale.
“The athletes were less focused because they were disenchanted with the entire process and we had to start from the scratch to re-build their confidence.
“For me as a deputy governor, my area of concentration will not only be on sports; I have to assist the governor to look at other areas.
“That does not mean I will not give the vital advice on issues relating to sports development, because it’s a sector I am passionate about; I will dedicate most of my time to its development,’’ Agara vowed. (NAN)