Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has charged governors to invest 20% of their security votes in sports and make their States very peaceful.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the week long NHF Super League at the Package ‘B’ of the Abuja National Stadium, Dalung said, “I am happy one of the state governors is here present. Your Excellency, I want to appeal to you passionately.
“If you invest 20 per cent of your security votes in sports, I am telling you your state will be the most peaceful state in Nigeria.”
He noted that sports is the panacea to young people’s agitations and restiveness and added that once any governor creates an environment of enablement of sports for them, there will be no more security challenges in such states.
He argued that buying ammunitions is not the best way to address security challenges in the country.
Dalung maintained that governors who have invested in sports development have succeeded in reducing youth agitation and restiveness to a minimal proportion in their states.
“I do not think the best way to fight agitation and restiveness is to buy sophisticated weaponry to fight who? The best we can do is to deploy or resources to sports development, engage these young people, produce great athletes, produce champions and there will be peace in our country.”
The minister went ahead to invite the governor of Niger State, Alhaji Bello to make his state owner of hockey saying, “Today, wrestling is like a personal possession of Bayelsa State.
The government has put every kobo it has in wrestling! Regardless of how many times wrestling competition is organised, Bayelsa will win because of the huge investment in the sport by the state government.”
He argued that if Niger has been winning in hockey, nothing should stop the state from being branded home of hockey.
The minister enjoined the governor to emulate his colleague in Bayelsa State by making hockey the number one sports in the state and use it to challenge football.
Meanwhile, Niger Flickers defeated Police Machine 1-0 in an excruciating final to win the trophy for the men’s category for keeps having won it three consecutive times in a stretch.
Both teams qualified to represent Nigeria at the African Championship coming up in Egypt later in the year.
Kada Queens humbled Yobe Desert Queens 5 – 1 to emerge winners of the women category, though both teams qualified to represent Nigeria on the continent in Egypt.
Ben Nwachukwu, Abuja