Gov Lalong passionate about promoting sports -Hon Victor Lapang
By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos
Plateau state government has said its willing to partner with any organization in order to promote sporting activities in the state .
Commissioner of sports and Youth development Hon Victor Lapang made this known at the weekend during a NASCO cycling awareness campaign held in Jos at the weekend.
Our correspondent reports that the event which was sponsored by Nasco group of companies featured all cycling enthusiasts within Jos and its environs .
Lapang said “The Lalong led administration is determined to partner with any coy to develop sports in the state.$
He urged organizations and states to complement Government ’s efforts in the promotion of peace and inter – communal harmony among citizens through sports .
The state governor is determined to
promote sports in the state.
“Lalong is on a rescue
mission to rescue sports in
Plateau, “on assumption of
office, the support given by the
Rescue Administration raised
significantly the state performance
in sports and youth development
from its dismal status.
“ The results of this are the
participations of Plateau Athletes
in virtually all the sporting events
in and outside the country. These
participations won Plateau several medals in
various sports. Similarly Plateau United
Football Club gained promotion to
the Nigeria Professional Premier
League in 2015, and is today
performing excellently well .
He said before now most
football clubs in Plateau were
performing poorly ,until the
Lalong administration came on
board and rescued the situation
by encouraging the team and
restructuring sports in Plateau, the
Simon Lalong led administration
has promised to provide the moral
and financial support to Plateau
Lapang “ also said “Lalong has
also done well in promoting Golf
in the state ,You could recall that
recently golfers from several
countries recently visited Plateau
for a golfing tournament and this
promoted business in Plateau
,Lalong is also determined to
rebuild the abandoned Jos Zaria
road stadium,also recently Plateau
held a Marathon games which
attracted so many people to
Plateau ,also the state government
also hosted the Federal civil
service games in Jos last year
Gov Lalong is passionate about promoting sports because it was crucial to peace, progress and development.
Lapang, who was happy with the turnout of cyclists for the awareness competition, said that government was ready to support all sports “and not just football”.
“We are going to look into hockey, basketball, cycling and many other sports.
“Cycling has been known as a major form of exercise; I am really delighted to see the kind of people who have come out because they constitute of both the old and the young.
“For the young ones, you can aspire to take it as a profession and work hard for a better future ahead.
“For the old ones, we cannot over emphasize the issue of body fitness. If you keep doing this, you can live a longer life,” he said.
The commissioner commended NASCO group of companies for proving to be pacesetters by sponsorship the programme, and urged other multinational corporations in the state to emulate that.
Lapang also lauded Plateau Amateur Cycling Association (PACA), for partnering with NASCO to ensure the success of the competition
Speaking earlier, PACA Chairman, James Amidu, had maintained that the exercise was to create awareness to the populace on cycling as a popular sporting activity.
Amidu said that cycling could enhance one’s health and also create employment
Haroun Harry Audu, Group Marketing communications advisor of Nasco had said that that NASCO cycling awareness campaigns is aimed at reviving and strengthening public interest and participations in cycling as an award winning sport for health and recreational purposes and for the promotion of peace and tourism.
He also noted that this effort by NASCO Group therefore signal a deliberate intervention by the group to support committed amateur cyclists in the state adding that it is also expected to advance and promote the benefit of cycling as a sporting and healthy enterprise.
According to him the event has provided the good life to the good people of Plateau state via entertaining cycling displays by athletes and other cycling members of the public, .
Our correspondent reports that Emmanuel Chuwang, an amateur cyclist in Jos, emerged winner of a cycling awareness competition sponsored by NASCO Group Nigeria Ltd.
Chuwang ran 9.6 kilometers in 14 minutes to emerge top of the competition which took off from Old Airport Junction, Jos and terminated at New Zaria Road Stadium.
Chuwang, who spoke with newsmen at the end of the event, appreciated NASCO Group for the sponsorship, and dedicated his victory to God.
“God is the giver of strength of mind and body; I dedicate this God he said
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