From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State government is to hold a football stakeholders’ summit as part of efforts to take football to a greater height.
The state commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Lucky Isaac-Yargwa, disclosed this at a press conference in Lafia.
According to him, “although a specific date has not been fixed for the summit but arrangements were in top gear to host the event, in order to discuss the challenges facing football in the state and proffer solutions.
“We are a state with progressive-minded people, and football is one of the major sports both the government and citizens are so keen about.This is not to say we are not interested in other sports, but football is the most followed sport in this part of the world for now.
“However, sports generally have gone beyond just being for leisure. It’s a multi-billion dollar franchise that can both change the life of an individual and the society forever.
“It’s on this premise that we are convening a meeting of football stakeholders in the state to brainstorm on the best ways and approaches to deploy to move our football and its stakeholders forward.
“This meeting will involve stakeholders from across boards, including from the state football association, referees, representatives of the local government areas’ FA, club owners, coaches, supporters, media and even the players,” he said.
He said that a communique’ would be issued at the end of the meeting to enable the stakeholders actualise their goals, in line with international football best practices.