GOVERNMENT at all levels in the country have been urged to invest in sports with a view to using same to arrest youths restiveness in Nigeria and take them away from social vices in the society.
The advice was given at Karshi, Abuja, by the Sarkin Karshi, Alhaji Muhammed Ismaila, during a reception held by the Karshi community for the players of FOSLA Academy, Karshi, which emerged first runner-up in this year’s NNPC/Shell Cup competition and second runner-up at the NFF/Copa Coca-Cola U-15 competition.
Ismaila noted that sports, football in particular, were veritable tools which could be deploy in engaging Nigerian youths positively, declaring that apart from this football was the only unifying factor that was capable of bringing Nigerians, irrespective of their religious and political affiliations together.
While lauding the proprietor of FOSLA Academy, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, a one-time President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), for establishing the Academy at Karshi community, Ismaila declared that the school had brought honour to the community by its achievements in soccer.
He then called on the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to extend its support to FOSLA Academy, considering the fact that it had brought honour to the FCT.
The traditional ruler, however, urged the students of the Academy to face their studies and continue to work hard in their soccer career, saying that they must always remember the Academy and contribute to its development always.
He further assured the Academy of the continued support of the Karshi community, saying that he and his people were happy for happy FOSLA Academy in their community and also that it had brought honour to them.
In his remarks, Lulu lauded the Sarkin Karshi and the entire Karshi community for celebrating the FOSLA Academy.
He stated that the objective of setting up the school centered around development of the students’ skills educationally and their sporting development and expressed happiness that the school was on the right track of sporting development.