The Bauchi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Adamu Manu Soro over the weekend enjoined the over 140 state athletes who are participating in the ongoing national para-sports festival to remain focused and redouble efforts in various competitions to enable them to win more trophies and medals for the state.
The Commissioner in a press statement issued to journalists in Bauchi expressed confidence in the ability of the state’s contingents to win all other forms of competition rewards.
Soro explained that the state’s contingents are to participate in various sporting competitions which include, football, basketball, volleyball and canoe sports among others.
According to him, the Bauchi state athletes were being accompanied to the national competition by 37 coaches, security personnel as well as over 30 helpers who would be assisting them in areas of need in view of their various forms of disabilities.
“First, let me use this medium to once again express our profound gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency Governor Bala Mohammed, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State for always supporting the Ministry to participate in various National and International competitions.
“The administration of Governor Bala Mohammed has a special interest in empowering people through various sporting activities including disabled persons to among other things, promote unity, understanding and assist them to engage in sports for self-reliant.”
The Commissioner while commending the state government for the engagement of people with special needs in the national tournament, acknowledged the support of the governor for the state to participate fully in the para-sports festival currently held in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The Director, Bauchi State Sports Council, Lawal Garba had earlier said the athletes have undergone a series of training ahead of their participation in the national para-sports festival for optimum performance.
“Because we understand their challenges of being disabled, we exposed them to various forms of training to enable them to perform better thereby making the state proud at the end.”