Kano embraces cricket for youth development

KANO State government is committed to developing cricket and other sporting activities in the state, as a way of encouraging teeming youths to utilise their potentialities and contribute to nation’s building.

This was contained in a statement signed by the media officer of the Kano State Cricket Association, Mr Kola Oyelere.

He stated that the state chairman of the cricket Association, Mr Silva Kuma pledged to assist youths in the state to develop interest in the sport.

Speaking during the launching of Kano State cricket championship test at the Sani Abacha Stadium, the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Alhaji Danlami Garba, said the state government as part of its commitment to the development of youth and sports created the sports commission headed by Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima.

He noted that the launching of cricket in the state will open way for more youths to participate in the game adding that “it is an indication that Kano will soon become the home of cricket in the country.”

Earlier, chairman of the Kano State Sports Commission, Galadima, said the commission will collaborate with the Nigeria Cricket Federation to develop the game in the state.

He noted that there is the need for the private sector to collaborate with relevant sporting organisations to promote and develop sports at all levels, as government alone can not shoulder the responsibility.

In his remarks, the president of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Emeka Onyema said that  the federation will create developmental competitions at U-15 level, primary school and U-17 females competitions to constantly discover hidden talents who can be groomed to attain stardom.