The Adamawa state commissioner for Special Duties, Aloysius Baba Doke said he is making plans to re-introduce grassroots sports competitions to encourage young talents in the state.
Doke was speaking during a basketball tournament he organised at the basketball court of the Ramat College Yola, tagged Baba Doke Basketball tournament.
Jordan basketball team defeated Team Adams 62:57 points to win the first edition of the tournament which was slugged out by 5 five teams from the state capital, Yola.
The elated commissioner while speaking to newsmen at the end of the tournament said he was happy at the performance and attitude of the players throughout the tournament.
” I want to appreciate them because I’ve been here with them for more than 15 years doing my own exercise. I have never for a day joined them to play the basketball but I really enjoy watching them play. I wish I could join them but my fitness is not up to that.
” By organising this little competition, I believe it will encourage them and also spur other youths to join sports.
” I have plans to do same with other sports. It may be volleyball and handball tomorrow. I will also invite them to organise a competition in my local government, Jada and also my ward, Lekko Koma,” he said.
He further said there is an urgent need for well meaning individuals in the state and the government to organise championships and encourage youths to participate in sports, that according to him is one of the ways and things that can keep the youths away from involving in social vices.
He promised to inform the governor on the need for the state to have a befitting sports complex and also hive sports the attention it desires.
” Sports are a very important thing to do now. It helps in boosting the economy of a state and also get the youths engage and away from social vices.
” I will talk to my boss who is the governor to give sports the desired attention to encourage the youths and also harness the abundant talents we have in the state,” he said.
The final was attended by the speaker of the Adamawa state House of Assembly, commissioners and other top government functionaries.