By Samson Imoh, Calabar
The National Lottery Trust Fund has donated equipment for all the nine different sports to 38 public primary schools in Cross River State.
The exercise served as the official unveiling and presentation of sports equipment to 2000 public primary school in the country.
Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Trust Fund, Engr Habu Gumel, said the gesture reaffirmed that the Federal Government is passionate and committed to advancing, uplifting and promoting grassroot sports development in the country.
“This exercise of equipping our public primary schools with quality sports equipment through funding from the national lottery is a clear demonstration of government’s desire to foster better inclusion of the most vulnerable segments of our society especially school children.
“We are confident that this intervention programme will lead to the discovery of new talents in sports that abound in our communities and rural areas and also assist their physical and professional development.”
He charged the benefitting primary schools to put the equipment to good use in and ensure their proper security.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr Babachir Lawal, said consistent with the economic blueprint of the diversifying the economic base, the renewed focus on the lottery industry is a testimony that Government is determined to harness needed resources wherever they may be found in order to continue to develop our economic potentials and apply them to the generality of Nigerians.
Lawal who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Dr Amina Shamaki, said government is determined to devote full attention to the industry to ensure it performs to meet fully, the revenue and development aspirations of our people.