Senator Shehu Sani has strongly advised that the proposed maiden Para-Soccer Tournament be named after President Muhammad Buhari or Kaduna Governor, Mall. Nasir El-Rufai, as a unifying factor.
Sani, representing Kaduna central and who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Dept, gave the suggestion in Kaduna when the proposal to name the tournament after him by executives of Kaduna chapter of Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria, SWAN, tabled the matter before him, during a courtesy visit on Monday.
“I am 100% in support of the maiden Para-Soccer Tournament, provided you name it after my President, Muhammad Buhari, or my friend Governor Nasir El-Rufai. We have to separate sports from politics because sport is a unifying factor in our lives,” he added. He described funding of sports in Nigeria as dismal; hence the need for check and adequate attention by State and Federal Government.
“Sport has been one sector that government has neglected and underfunded due to lack of Political Will. I am also going to float a Football Team in Kaduna to contribute more in sports, because many do not see value for sports in Nigeria apart from watching Premier, European Leagues,” Sani said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chairman and leader of the SWAN executives said the Para-Soccer is going to be an annual tournament that will make the physically challenged to feel the impact of sports in the state. He said the tournament is expected to hold in first week of April at Murtala Square, Kaduna.