Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has disclosed that his state is the home of hockey in Nigeria.
The Governor made the disclosure at the closing ceremony of the National Hockey Super League Final between Niger Flickers Hockey Club and Police Machine, at the National Stadium, Abuja, where Niger Flickers won the league after beating Police Machine team by 1-0, Saturday.
Governor Sani Bello expressed optimism that Niger state will continue to dominate in the hockey game in Nigeria, saying he was not surprised that the state hockey team won the championship.
“Niger state own hockey and we will continue to own hockey in this country. Kontagora where I came from is the cradle of hockey in Niger state,” said Gov. Bello.
He disclosed that the state was at the verge of awarding a contract for the construction of a modern Sports Complex, urging youths in the state to engage in sports, and that the state government will do its best to ensure that they excel in sports.
The Governor then doled out N2Million to Niger Flickers and N1Million to Police Machine as part of Niger State Government effort to boost morale of the teams and support the development of Hockey in the country.
Earlier, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Bar. Solomon Dalung charged Gov. Sani Bello to invest in Hockey and make the state a home of hockey in Nigeria and appealed to all state governors to invest in sport development.
Also in his remarks, President, Nigeria Hockey Federation, Sen. Abdul Ahmed Ningi described Governor Sani Bello as the bedrock of Hockey in Nigeria, disclosing that the governor had made it possible for the state hockey team to represent the country in Africa Hockey Clubs championship.
Niger Flickers defeated Police Machine in a keenly contested and tension-soaked encounter. Flickers’ Captain, Danladi Umar scored the only goal of the encounter in the fourth quarter of the game, and with which qualifies to represent Nigeria in African Hockey Clubs Championship in Egypt, later this year.
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