The Kwara State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to collaborate with sports-loving organizations, particularly telecommunication companies to enhance sporting activities across the state.
The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engineer Ayinla Musa Yeketi gave the assurance while receiving the entourage of the Etisalat Nigeria Under-Fifteen School Cup Championship led by the Manager Sponsorship, Orah Egwu at the Conference room of the Ministry.
The Commissioner represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Hajia Maryam Ayodeji Garba, said the state government is committed to improving skills acquisition among the youth, commending the efforts of the telecommunication company for venturing into football.
Alhaji Yeketi noted that through the competition, new talents would be discovered while indirectly some young people would be empowered, thereby reducing poverty in the country. He charged other companies to take a cue from the company by focusing their Corporate Social Responsibilities on activities that would empower young talented people and take the idle ones from the street.
Alhaji Yeketi asked the telecommunication company and participating states in the championship to judiciously use the harmonious relationship in the state for the competition.
Responding, the team leader and Manager Sponsorship of Etisalat Nigeria, Orah Egwu said the team was in the state for the Etisalat under Fifteen School Cup Championship for all secondary schools in the country.
Orah Egwu noted that the motive behind the competition is to hunt and discover hidden football talents across all secondary schools in the country.
The Manager Sponsorship added that the competition would foster unity, build friendship, morale and spirit of sportsmanship among the participants.
According to her, the competition will hold in four centres, Ibadan, Ilorin, Enugu and Kaduna, while the quarter holds in Lagos.
Eight schools from Kwara, Cross Rivers, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger and FCT are participating in the second leg of the competition holding at the main bowl of the Kwara State Stadium.
Socrates College is representing Kwara State in the competition that kicked off on Tuesday and ends on Thursday. Two winners are expected to emerge from each of the four centres in Ibadan, Ilorin, Enugu and Kaduna. The winners will therefore qualify for the quarter finals of the competition which will now hold in Lagos State.
Also speaking, the Vice President One of the Nigeria School Sports Federation, Mr. Obi Theophilus, said some states paraded over aged players which had been screened out by the federation.
Mr. Theophilus affirmed that the Federation would ensure that all participating states adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the games.