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FG drums support for squash 

— 13th October 2016

As part of efforts to develop sports, Nigerians must invest in  lesser sports like squash  rather than leave everthing to the government.
This assertion was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports development, Mr.  Solomon  Dalung  during the finals of the zonal Secondary School Squash Competition for Under-19 Boys and Girls, which took place in Minna, Niger State.
The Minister who spoke through the zonal coordinator, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Patrick Uwagbare, said sports, Squash in particular is not all about running about chasing balls but more about building mental capabilities of the players.
He commended the sponsor of the championship, Alhaji Adamu Erena, Niger State Squash Association, the state ministry of youth and sports development and others who have contributed  to the development of sports in the zone,even as he  called on others to emulate the sponsor, as government alone cannot develop sports.
“The zone is happy with you, the federal ministry of youth and sports development is happy with you. We have also seen  your  enthusiasm   for squash which will not only improve  mental abilities but for self sustainability”, the Minister said.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is concerned about the well being of Nigerian youths, who are the  leaders of tomorrow, hence the need for all stakeholders to invest in sports development  to  keep  youths  away  from crime.”
Also speaking , President Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF), Adamu Erena said the two day championship  was organized for  discovering hidden talents that could represent Nigeria  at the highest   levels.
Erena who was recently elected Vice President Squash Africa (North) said he was worried that many well to do Nigerians do not  invest   on  human resources that could  guarantee sustainable development.
Kwara state emerged winners in both Boys and Girls single and team events, followed by the host, Niger state.
Certificates were also awarded to  all the participating north-central states.

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