Cross River State students preparing for a recent inter-state sports meet. The National Lottery Fund has donated equipment that will aid the state’s grassroots sports development.
Cross River’s chances of hosting the 19th National Sports Festival this year received a boost yesterday as the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) donated equipment for nine different sports worth millions of naira to 38 public primary schools in the state.
Equipment donated were for football, badminton, handball, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, athletics A and athletics B.
According to the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Fund, Mr. Habu Gumel, the exercise served as the official unveiling and presentation of sports equipment to 2000 public primary schools in the country and it reaffirmed that the Federal Government is passionate and committed to advancing, uplifting and promoting grassroots sports development in the country.
While charging the benefitting primary schools to put the equipment to good use and ensure their proper security, Gumel noted, “this exercise of equipping our public primary schools with quality sports equipment through funding from the National Lottery is a clear demonstration of government’s desire to foster better inclusion of the most vulnerable segments of our society, especially school children.
“We are confident that this intervention programme will lead to the discovery of new talents in sports that abound in our communities and rural areas and also assist their physical and professional development.”