Bauchi State Government says it is committed to addressing the challenges of its sports contingents, to bolster their enthusiasm at representing the state.
The State Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Honorable Adamu Manu Soro disclosed this while reacting to a report by WikkiTimes which had earlier reported how the State’s sports contingents were allegedly abandoned in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Honourable Manu Soro said the state government did not receive any official complaint from its officials who were sent alongside the athletes.
He said the Ministry will constitute a high powered committee to look into the reported challenges.
Soro who reiterated the commitment of Gov Bala’s administration to ensuring the advancement of sporting activities in the state also solicited for the continued support of critical stakeholders in the sector.
“Our attention has been drawn to some media reports that our contingents consisting of athletes, officials and their couches are currently stranded in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital over nonpayment of allowances after participating in a competition.”
“I want to inform the general public that we have not received any information on that from our officials and if such happened, I apologise on behalf of the State Government, but I want to assure them that I will investigate the matter and justice will be done.”
The Commissioner said 89 athletes with 49 support services officials numbering 138 in total attended the event representing Bauchi State as against the media report that 60 contingents represented the state at the competition.
Honourable Manu Soro appealed to stakeholders in the sector to always channel their grievances or complain to appropriate authorities, assuring that, ensuring the welfare of athletes, officials and their couches still remained his top priority.