Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has applauded the leadership of the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) for their intervention in the development of sports in the country with the donation of sport equipment worth N574.1m to selected primary schools around the country.

Osinbajo gave the commendation while officially unveiling and presenting the equipment to the selected 2, 000 primary schools at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, yesterday.

Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the initiative by the leadership of the NLTF to support the promotion of grassroots sports development was another “monumental achievement” in the bid to make sport attractive and called on other agencies of government to follow the fund’s example.

“I commend the National Lottery Trust Fund for targeting about 2,000 primary schools as beneficiaries of this donation. This is, therefore, an occasion to celebrate the progress made by the trust fund in promoting good causes for the benefit of Nigeria’s youths. I applaud the management of NLTF for their good leadership, innovation and pioneering approach in going into sports to support a good cause.

“This worthy cause will promote social inclusion through grassroots sports development in Nigeria. I implore the NLTF to sustain this good cause and, thus, other agencies to emulate it,” he said.

Osinbajo reiterated the federal government’s resolve to the fight against corruption, adding that the government, in-line with its policy of economic diversification, will revitalise the lottery industry as alternative revenue generator for the country.

The minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung also commended the NLTF for intervening in grassroots sports development, saying a solid foundation has been laid for the teeming youths to actively participate in sports.

The executive secretary of NLTF, Engineer  Habu Gumel, said the essence of the intervention is to promote grassroots sports development in the country, with specific objectives of enhancing the nation’s capacity to grow and expand its talent-base.

Culled from Leadership

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