Kebbi State Governor, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu last weekend received the Torch of Peace and Unity preparatory to the forthcoming National Sports Festival which holds in Asaba, Delta State between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10, this year.

The Governor lauded officials of the Federal Ministry of Sports for bringing the torch to Birnin Kebbi. He also commended President Buhari for approving the commencement of the festival shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bagudu said that Kebbi State had fully mobilized to successfully participate in the festival and excel more than it did in 2021, describing sports as more than fun which is more competitive and youth should make sports as an important element.

He urged the youths to work hard and remain dedicated to excel in life, adding that you can only do better when you are determined to excel, as there is no substitute to hard work.

The governor further said that sports brings honour and fame to nations more than any other vocation or profession and prayed that the sports festival serves as a motivation as well as further unite the country.

He also expressed delight over the feat achieved by an indigene of Kebbi State in professional football, in person of Zaidu Sanusi Jega who plays for FC Porto of Portugal as a pride to the State.

The Zonal Sports Coordinator for North West and the team leader from the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr. Muhammad Kabir Datti while presenting the torch of Unity and Peace to the governor, said that the torch symbolized peace and unity and commencement of of the festival.

According to him , it was the tradition of the Sports Ministry that the torch should go round all the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory preparatory to the actual commencement of the sports festival.

Earlier, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Usman Ladan led the sports contingent and officials to Government House, Birnin Kebbi to see the governor and explained the significance of the movement of the Torch of Unity as he underscored the importance of the torch to the festival.

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