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06.02.2009 Sports News

Inter-Schools and Colleges festival focus of Sports Minister designate


Sports Minister designate, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak is relishing an early inter- Schools and Colleges Sports competition that would begin from the primary level to unearth talents at tender ages and thirst to make this a reality when confirmed as the sector head.

Alhaji Mubarak who is slated for vetting on Thursday, February 12 told GNA Sports “I believe one of the best ways of having continuity in sports is to provide a platform from the primary level and create a channel that ensures the trend travels to the tertiary institutions in a bid to holistically develop sports.”

The 37-year old President's nominee said introducing the festival at that level would similarly help in nurturing and monitoring talent instead of the usual break that occurs after Senior High School education.

Alhaji Mubarak also dreams of working for a ministerial collaboration with the Ministry of Education to ensure that sports become an integral part of the curricula of tertiary education for the sake of continuity.

“It is in our interest to ensure that we do not discourage talented people to depart from sports because there are no provisions for their cause and rather leave sports for the uneducated when indeed both education and sports can perfectly co-exist.

“Through that we can similarly erase the erroneous impression that sports is for drop-outs and failures.”

Alhaji Mubarak also believes in the provision of infrastructure nationwide to support the growth of sports from all angles.