Gombe academy wins maiden Galaxy Backbone football tournament
Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe
Mailantarki Academy of Gombe State has emerged as the winner of the maiden edition of the Northern Group Tournament organized by Nigeria’s broadband service provider, Galaxy Backbone Limited.
Mailantarki Academy defeated Landa Boys Football Academy of Gombe State in the tournament which was organised to raise awareness about Galaxy Backbone’s services and its efforts at supporting young entrepreneurs in the state.
The tournament, which was held at the Nigeria Army barrack stadium in Gombe, is named after Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone Limited.
Prof. Abubakar said, shortly before the presentation of prizes to the various winners, that the tournament would be an annual event to encourage young talents in football, as well as present them with the various opportunities that abound in Information and Communications Technology.
Prof. Abubakar, who was represented by the Regional Coordinator in charge of Northeast and Plateau State, Mr Ibrahim Bello Dukku, said part of the tournament was also organised to create awareness on how young entrepreneurs could leverage data and connectivity to grow their businesses and become self-employed.
“A lot of businesses and entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to have access to cheap data and affordable internet connectivity, so this is why we established regional offices to bring the services to the door of our teeming youth. Today, through our various intervention and creating awareness, a lot of businesses in Gombe and other locations have picked up because they are close to cheap data,” Prof. Abubakar said.
He advised youths to embrace any initiative introduced by the government to empower them, noting that such empowerment could change their stories and make them self-reliant entrepreneurs.
Football stakeholders who spoke at the event commended Galaxy Backbone Limited for bringing different youths together for them to showcase their talents, adding that such a gesture was necessary to harness grassroots talents for the country.