Gombe State Govt Sponsors 13 Clubs To Participate In Nationwide League One Season

…As Governor Inuwa Launches 2024 Tournament, Presents Licences To Registered Clubs

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has launched the 2024 Nationwide League One Season and presented licenses to 13 state-sponsored clubs participating in the tournament.

According to a press release on Saturday, 23rd March 2024 signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Gombe Government House, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said that speaking at the launching ceremony held at Jewel Hall of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gombe, the Governor emphasized his commitment to youth development and employment creation through sports initiatives.

“We aim to empower young people, make them productive members of society and reduce unemployment,” he stated.

Represented by the Commissioner of Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Adamu Inuwa Ibrahim, Governor Inuwa highlighted Gombe State’s recent achievements across various sectors, including sports.

“Just last week, Gombe shone brightly at the Commonwealth Conference, a feat we achieved due to the exceptional leadership of His Excellency, Governor Inuwa Yahaya,” he remarked.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya further emphasized the leading role of Gombe in sports, becoming one of only two states with two clubs participating in the national premier league.

He attributed this success to good leadership and support to sporting activities in the state.

The Governor challenged the licensed clubs to reciprocate the government’s investment by delivering strong performances.

“We want you to become a breeding ground for talented players sought after by top clubs nationwide,” he declared.

“Our commitment extends beyond football. We are dedicated to promoting all sporting activities in the state to create employment opportunities and reduce youth restiveness.”

In his opening remarks at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport Development, Modi D. Shelpidi, applauded Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s dedication to sports development within the state.

“His Excellency’s passion for sports is evident in the concrete steps he has taken to support our local clubs. He has ensured that all 13 clubs participating in the league are registered, with each receiving 300,000 Naira in funding. This commitment extends beyond the clubs themselves, as the welfare of referees and coaches has also been addressed”,” Mr Shelpidi stated.

Mr. Shelpidi highlighted the positive impact of Governor Inuwa’s leadership. “Thanks to His Excellency’s efforts, we are proud to host zonal matches here at Pantami Stadium for the 2024 league”, he said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Gombe State Football Association, Yakubu Philemon Sarma, represented by Comrade Ibrahim Gimba, commended Governor Inuwa for his sponsorship and support for sports development in the state.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Gombe State League One Forum, Hashimu Ibrahim, acknowledged that only two of the 13 participating clubs were initially able to register before the deadline. However, upon learning of their challenges, Governor Inuwa promptly intervened by approving their registration, affiliation fees, and additional welfare support for the clubs.

In his goodwill message, the Head of Civil Service, Abdullahi Ahmed Kasimu, echoed the Governor’s emphasis on strong performance. “Gombe is a home of sport, and therefore we cannot afford not to perform,” he declared. “Go and win, make Gombe State proud! Make your talent shine for the recognition of the outside world. Be good ambassadors of the state.”