By Festus Fifen
The FCT Administration has restated its commitment to developing youth sporting activities at the grassroot level in order to discover and harness the abundant talents scattered across the territory especially amongst the youths.
This was made known by the Director, Sports Development of the FCT Social Development Secretariat, Lukas Istifanus on Wednesday at the beginning of Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi FCT Football Tournament holding at the Area 10 sports complex Abuja.
Mr. Istifanus said investing in grassroot sports in the territory will in no distant future catapult the FCT to become a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian sporting circle, thereby reducing crime and criminal activities among the youths.
While commending the organiser of the tournament for not only using sporting activities to keep FCT youths engaged, but also creating a unifying platform, Istifanus expressed the administration’s readiness to partner with private and corporate individuals towards developing and raising the standard of sports in Abuja.
He noted that the performance of FCT in the last National Sports Festival where it clinched the gold medal in the football event, further demonstrated its comparative strength in football and the need for the FCT Administration and other relevant stakeholders to develop and project the territory to the world through sports.
Speaking earlier, the organiser of the tournament, Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi said the football championship which attracted youths from the six Area councils was aimed at unifying the youths.
She said sports remain the best way to provoke unity and peace in all the Six Area Councils that make up the Federal Capital Territory and beyond.
According to her, ” sporting activities cement relationships within and outside one’s immediate environment.
Mrs Laniyi, said mobilizing the young people across communities for the FCT football tournament was tough for her, but she carried out the venture to contribute to the unity of the residents.
The founder noted that the future of youths is hanged on the lifestyle they live, which she said will only be achieved through activities that will promote national cohesion.
She noted that already some of the footballers who shone brilliantly have been contacted by scouts who are ready to further develop their talents<span;><span;>.
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