National Lottery Trust Fund, NLTF, has donated sports equipment to 55 primary schools in Adamawa, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
Presenting the equipment to heads of the benefiting primary schools on Saturday in Yola, the Executive Secretary of NLTF, Alhaji Habu Gumel, said the gesture was to promote sports among youths.
Gumel said the purchase of the equipment was funded from revenue generated by the NLTF.
According to him, the donation is also taking place in all the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT.
He said NLTF was ready to partner with states, local governments and NGOs for funding of people oriented projects.
He added that “the gesture demonstrates the present administration commitment in promoting grassroots sports.”
He urged the benefiting schools to ensure safety of the equipment.
“We don’t want to see these equipment in the market. We will be checking the items from time to time to ensure that they are safeguarded,” Gumel warned.
Alhaji Abdurazak Namdas, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media, said the National Assembly would continue to make legislation that would enhance youth participation in sports.
Namdas, who represents Mayo Belwa, Jada, Ganye and Tuongo constituency in the House of Representatives encouraged youths to participate in sports.
He added that the sports industry had the capacity to create wealth and unity in diversity.
Mr Daniel Richard, a philanthropist and one of the financers of lottery in Nigeria, encouraged Nigerians to support sports funding.
According to Richard, the era of depending on government funding is over.
He urged citizens of Adamawa to contribute to sports development “to enable the state to wake up from its slumber.”
He encouraged individuals to contribute to school sports in their communities or in their former schools.