The Kogi state governor made the statement in an exclusive chat with SavidNews Nigeria after a brief meeting on Tuesday evening with the Sports Commissioner Hon Puke Anthony, Special Adviser on Sports Development Paul Aiyenugba, state-owned clubs’ managements, other stakeholders in his office in Lokoja.
The governor assured Kogi sports-loving indigenes and supporters that the government will not rest on it oars on encouraging sports development in the state, stressing that his administration places high premium on empowerment of youths through sports.
Captain Wada who was speaking through his personal assistant, Unekwuojo Sule noted that the government will set out machinery to ensure the state darling team remains in the second tier league with vision of securing a promotion ticket to the Nigeria league topflight next season.
He added that the government is keenly attracted to seeing sports grow in the state, stressing that talents discovery and youths engagement will reduce unemployment and crime rate in the state.
However, goals from Sanusi Pedro and Tony Wilson’s 13th goal of the season gave Kogi United fight against relegation a vital boost against Juth FC of Jos to garner 31 points from 26 matches.
The Kogi state sponsored Nigeria second division side will secure it stay in the Nigeria National League if they could ensure a victory in their rescheduled home match against FC Taraba billed for Saturday, 13 July, 2013.