By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development in Benue State, Mr. Teryima Nguher, has promised to hit the ground running by working tirelessly in order to upgrade sporting facilities in the state that are in bad shape, particularly at the Aper Aku, Stadium complex.

The commissioner who made the promise in his office yesterday when officials of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria ( SWAN), Benue State chapter led by its Chairman Mr. Johh Shiaondo, paid him an official visit in Makurdi, announced during the visit that plans were already on the way by the ministry to organize a summit, with the intention to brainstorm and find out possible ways to improve sports funding in the state.

He argued that giving the expensive nature of the business of sports, it was clear that Government alone could not effectively finance sporting activities, emphasizing the need for private partnership to improve sports which he noted as one of the greatest revenue generating sectors in the world.

Nguher, who discribed sports as a unifying factor, equally commended the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) members for the visit, and suede for partnership from individuals, corporate organizations and institutions to help the ministry to turn around sports which according to him has the capacity of spinning around the fortunes of the state through job creation to the youth, and promised effective collaboration with SWAN in promoting sports and youth development related activities.

The youth development and sports commissioner equally expressed appreciation to the sports writers for their show of solidarity and encouragement to Government concerning reviving sporting activities attesting that SWAN was the first group to pay him an official visit on assumption of office after inauguration.

In his remarks, Chairman, Benue chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr. John Shiaondo, expressed worry over the decaying condition of facilities at the Aper Aku, Stadium and urged the new commissioner to expedite action to find ways of fixing the stadium.

The SWAN Chairman also intimated the commissioner of plans by the Association to organize their SWAN week in the first week of March and appealed for support, assuring the commissioner of a cordial working relationship through quality reportage of sporting activities in the state.


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