The Kwankwassiya Development Foundation, led by Distinguished Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, recently in Kano donated N150 million worth of sports equipment and some cash to 1,500 local clubs in Kano State and other northern states. This, according to the foundation, is aimed at boosting youth empowerment through sports in the states.
The programme at the Afficent Event Center, Magaji Rufa, Kano attracted a large crowd of sports enthusiasts, who cheered as clubs' officials and administrators smiled home with jerseys, balls and cash ranging from N5, 000 to N50, 000.
Speaking on Senator Kwankwaso's initiative to empower the youths of Nigeria through sports, the programme's Organising Committee chairman, Danburam Abubakar Nuhu said, "it is suffice to say Kwankwassiya Development Foundation, led by His Excellency, Distinguished Senator (Dr.) Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, seeks to engender and promote peaceful coexistence and development for the betterment of socio-economic wellbeing of the common people in our society.
"This empowerment includes one out of many means to achieve the objective of the foundation. The empowerment includes presentation of set of jerseys, balls and cash donations ranging from N5, 000 to N50, 000 only. This programme is born out of His Excellency's passion and love for the game of football. He recognizes the relevance of the game as a means of livelihood across the globe and as a unifying factor in Nigeria.
"As a continuous portrayal of fervent desire for the development of sports in Kano State and the country in general, he recorded numerous achievements in sports activities as Governor of Kano State from 2011 to 2015, which is instructive to today's empowerment.
"These achievements, among others, included the establishment of a sports institute, construction of a sports complex, known as Mahaha Sports Complex along BUK Road, establishment of a secondary school for sporting activities within the complex, creation of football and basketball pitches across metropolitan Kano.
"Others include re-introduction of school sports and improvement of secondary schools' pitches across the state, empowerment of 1,320 football clubs with football kits, balls and cash donations across the state, annual payment of registration fees for all the Division clubs across the state.
"He also contributed to the successful administration of Kano Pillars Football Club, which led to the crown of Kano Pillars as champions of Nigeria Professional Football League three times consecutively and first of its kind in Nigeria and also made donations of cars and cash gifts to all successful sport champions in all sporting activities in the state," Danburam disclosed