8,000 students to participate in 7th National School Sports Festival

The National School Sports federation has announced that the 7th National School Sports Festival will take place in Otukpo, Benue State with at least 8,000 students from various schools in Nigeria taking part.

The chairman of the federation, Ibrahim Kano, in an address to journalists on Thursday in Abuja, said the event themed, Mark of Excellence, would have the Senate President, David Mark, as guest of honour.

Mr. Kano said 19 scoring events had been lined up for the annual event with the introduction of cricket to the games.

He revealed that the National Sports Commission has given a N25million grant to support the cause.

He, however, added that the federation still needed an additional N75million to complete the required N100million budgeted for the festival.

“We are organising the festival in order to help the children develop mentally,” he said. “All these is done in order to discover talents and it will not be necessary for athletes to shave beards and hairs to make them look younger.”

According to him, the sporting event was opened to children under 17 for the senior secondary schools, under 15 for the junior secondary schools and under 12 for the primary schools.

“The federation will have the job of picking up these children and training them for skills acquisition. Ours is to train them for the mental skills. It’s the duty of the grassroots and the national sports commission to start working with them,” he said.

The sports festival is to hold from November 6 to 16 in Oturkpo, Benue State.


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  • Mustapha Sa’idu Gidado

    All I can say to you Mallam Jafaar. You should be ashame of yourself for posting such senseless, meaningless and pointless things.
    We all watched the video clips and we heard the conversations between the soldiers and the militants. My questions to You is “If it ware you in the position of the Army officers what would you have done different?”Are you expecting the officers to retreat and go back in the name of peace?
    Because if they Do. Your open letter to the president will only contains condemnations of our military and his regime.
    What would you think the images of Nigeria and it’s army would be in the international arena?
    I’m telling you no Government will allow such unscrupulous elements to continue taking law in to their hands! Without taking appropriate action! And the actions taken this time is the “Only option available to them”. I will never expect my Soldiers to Run away from lawless criminals.
    Nobody is above the law whoever He is including You!
    Tsageranci da yiwa Shuwagabanni rashin Kunya bashine Cigaba ba Bakuma shine Budewar idanuba! Bakuma Wayewar kai bace bakuma freedom of speech bace Kuma ba Tarbiyyar Musumci bace.

    • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

      Actually you should be the one that should be ashamed of your self. You certainly is not a true Muslim if you are not pained by the loss of life we witnessed in this carnage. I hope and wish this happens to your group who by the way are the precursors of Boko haram and ISIL. All of them are Wahhabis and salafist to which you belong I am sure because they are the only Muslim groups cheering the Military on this massacre. Jafar Jafar is only pointing out that Nigerian life and indeed all human life is sacred. We all supported Buhari but he is showing a different face now than we thought existed. He still has not even addressed the nation to show he cares!!!

      • Mustapha Sa’idu Gidado

        Abubakar you can call me what ever you like . just as long as you can answer my question. If it ware you in the Shoes of the Military offers What would you have done differently?
        These people Chooses to comfront Soldiers you can clearly see some of these thugs with sword and machete in their hands and some stone throwing thugs. What do you expect Soldiers to do? Run? Or what?
        ANYBODY CHOOSES TO COMFRONT ARMY IN THEIR FULL GEAR KNOWS WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR “TROUBLE ” period.

        • Dude

          Hey Musty, you’re simply on point. It is foolhardy to for a supposed ‘defenseless’ person to
          argue with a fully geared combat soldier. You’re simply courting trouble. Even though
          I abhor every form of violence, I do not think the soldiers were left with any
          other choice.

          • Baba Ruse

            When you stand in front of a moving train, the options are limited or at best,not existent!

  • Walter Debosky

    I am suddenly afraid of my country men, the way the Sunnis are supporting the killings of the Shites is simply horrendous, fellow Muslims, whose corpses were even robbed with no iota of compassion ,if they can support this ,I wonder what becomes of me ,a non Hausa and non muslim ? I better start packing my kaya,! Calaba here I come

  • Mustapha Sa’idu Gidado

    Abubakar Auwal. You can say whatever you want say about me I don’t care because it’s not true.
    But all I asked is that If it ware you in the Shoes of the Military offers, What would you have done different?
    Remember these people chooses to comfront the military! And you know very well that military training is to fight and kill! What do you expect from them apart from what they are trained to do?expecially when they are comfronted by people with sword and knife and stone throwing thugs. It’s all there in the video clips you can’t deny that.
    I am not condoning what the Soldiers did because life is life nobody is allowed to take someone life. But in this situation the options is very slim if there’s any.

  • Ewuare_d_Great

    the chief of army staff should be sacked asap. is nigeria a banana republic??? how can u kill hundreds of unarmed civilians including women and children for no major reason? i can now see why the igbos are desperate to leave nigeria. nigeria is becoming a failed state