President of the NSSF, Mallam Ibrahim Mohammed said Bolaji Abdullahi, while giving the charge yesterday, also commended former sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi for creating the enabling environment for grassroots sports to thrive in the country.
“I want to congratulate the new Minister of Sports Dr. Tamuno Danagogo and wish him well in his new appointment. I also want to commend the efforts of the former minister Bolaji Abdullahi in the area of grassroots sports development through school sports promotion and development.
“During Abdullahi, school sports was recognized and given its rightful place in the development of sports. I would like to encourage the new sports minister to follow suit and do even better because the generality of the nation’s children are looking up to him for the development of sports especially from secondary schools.
“If he embraces school sports which is the global focus now, his tenure will record successes because the foundation to the elimination of age cheats and proper scouting, discovery and development would have been set,” he said.
He revealed that the next National School Sports Festival is slated for Makurdi, the Benue State capital later this year.