Our pathway to growth will be through the grassroots- Sports Minister

*As UNILAG wins maiden NUGA 3X3 Basketball Tournament


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Our pathway to growth will be through the grassroots- Sports Minister
Barr. Solomon Dalung

Minister of Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung says the only pathway to growth in Nigeria will be reforming the sports sector, especially through the grassroots.

Barr. Dalung, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the grand finale of the maiden  (NUGA) 3X3 Basketball  Competition held Sunday March 5 in Abuja, described AMK Foundation as shining example of what NGOs’ can do to promote youth empowerment through sports.

Our Kaduna State Correspondent reports that the University of Lagos, UNILAG male team emerged champions of the maiden edition of the Ahmadu Musa Kida, AMK Foundation/Nigeria University Games, NUGA, 3X3 Basketball Competition in a final.

They beat neighbours, University of Ibadan, UI in the final to claim the trophy as well as qualify to represent Nigeria at the World University Tournament.

Basketball power house, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU settled for the bronze medal.

In the female category, Bayero University Kano, BUK subdued fellow Northern team, University of Ilorin, UNILORIN to pick the gold, leaving the latter with the silver.

University of Ibadan again, put up a good fight to settle for the bronze medal.

ABU defeated Nasssrawa to pick bronze in men and UI defeated UNIZIK.

AMK Foundation President, Engr. Musa Ahmadu Kida in his speach expressed the readiness of the Foundation to remain commited to its foundation goals  of empowering the youths through education and sports, saying that the investment in NUGA basketball is a continuation of that service.

He confirmed the interest of the foundation to solidify the partnership with NUGA going further into other Basketball enterprises.

NUGA President, Professor Stephen Hamafyelto expressed gratitude to AMK for the sponsorship, urging other private stakeholders to follow suit.

He also canvassed for adequate funding for NUGA from government to ensure that the sporting sector within the university system remains vibrant.

Other side events at the occasion were a slam dunk competition, freethrows and a 3pts shoot out. Most valuable player awards were given to outstanding male and female players.

 


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