Adeniyi Olugbemi

Intrigues, scheemings and intense lobbying that surrounded the appointment of a substantive Director of Sports at Taraba State Sports Council, has finally come to an end.

Laying the matter to rest, the state government has appointed badminton coach, George Shitta, as the substantive Director of Sports, Taraba State Sports Council.

Shitta, who rose through the ranks to become Taraba State Sports Council fifth DoS, has nurtured grassroots players to stardom. Notable among them is Jimkam Ifraimu, former Nigeria and African badminton champions.

Addressing staff of the sports council on resumption of office, the new DoS, solicits for the cooperation of the staff and stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to move sports forward in the state.

“I have been a staff here, I rose through the ranks, so my appointment as Director of the Sports Council is a challenge to all of us because I know everyone is happy that one of us is running sports in Taraba State. I appealed to all of us to our hands on deck and work very hard, and if we work hard we are going to succeed.

“We have seen how we worked on Badminton and other sports. The tasks ahead are enormous, but with hard work and dedication, sports will witness a new leap under my stewardship,” Coach Shitta declared.

In a related development, the Sports Writer’s Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Taraba State Chapter, has congratulates Coach George Shitta, on his appointment as the Substantive Director of the Taraba State Sports Council.

Taraba SWAN in a statement signed by the Secretary, Sani Suleiman, assured the new DoS of support through effective sports coverage to take sports to the next level in the state.