The Federal Government will extend all the needed support to Ahmadu Bello University for sports development in the premier institution, Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, disclosed in Zaria today.
Speaking when he received the institution’s management team led by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, on a courtesy visit to him, the Minister said that he would arrange a visit to the University to assess the state of its sporting facilities.
The Minister, who described the visit to the ministry by the Vice-Chancellor and his management team as “historic”, also said that ABU sports facilities should be upgraded given the huge population of students on the Campus.
Mr. Dare, who is an alumnus of the University, said that ABU could compete favourably with its counterparts in Europe and America.
He also described ABU as a great institution with a large population of influential alumni spread all over the country and beyond, saying that a good number of members of the Federal Executive Council were the products of the University.
The Minister expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and his team for the visit to connect with him as an alumnus of the great Institution.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, had earlier told the Minister that the decision of the Institution to connect with its alumni remained a top priority towards enhancing its excellence in teaching and research.
Prof. Bala was of the opinion that sports development was one of the major steps towards addressing youth restiveness and that ABU would work hard towards achieving that goal.
The Vice-Chancellor, who expressed appreciation to the Minister for the warm reception accorded him and members of his team, also told the Minister that ABU Football Workers’ Club had registered for participation in the country’s football league.
The Vice-Chancellor was in company of the Registrar, Malam A. A. Kundila; Director, Directorate of University Advancement, Prof. Ahmed D. Ibrahim; Director, Sports, Dr. Ali Isa Danlami; former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Kayode Omojuwa; and Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, Malam Auwal Muhammad Yusuf.
Public Affairs Directorate,
Office of the Vice Chancellor,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
4th March, 2021