Jos – The Plateau government is to provide all the needed support to encourage its athletes to win laurels at the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt, an official has said.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Nankin Bagudu, told the athletes on Wednesday in Jos that Gov. Jonah Jang had approved the release of funds for the purchase of equipment required to excel.
Bagudu, who visited the athletes in camp at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos, said he was impressed by the efforts put in by the athletes and their coaches.
He expressed the hope that they would do the state proud as they had done in previous editions of the competition.
“I admonish you to put in your best to make the state proud as you have always done. The conditions may not be very favourable but government is working hard to make it better for you.
“The equipment will boost your confidence and I urge you to take the spirit to Port Harcourt to bring back gold medals back to Jos,” Bagudu said.
The commissioner reminded them of the great expectations of the government and people of the state and appealed to them not to let them down.
Bagudu said that athletes who had defected to other states would regret it as the government was working on a welfare package that would continually make its athletes happy.
Plateau State placed ninth on the medals table at the end of the last festival in Kaduna in 2009. (NAN)