From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Lucky Isaac-Yargwa has charged supporters’ clubs of the state owned Football Clubs (FC), Nasarawa United and Nasarawa Amazons to work in synergy with the state government to ensure effective performance of the clubs.
Isaac-Yargwa gave the charge on Thursday during the inauguration of the newly elected officials of the supporters’ clubs of the two football teams, held at the state Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
According to him, the new leadership of the supporters’ clubs must establish good working relationship with management of the teams, as well as the state government towards galvanising moral, psychological and physical support for both teams to achieve success during football leagues.
The commissioner further charged them to follow due process in the course of carrying out their responsibilities for the progress of the clubs and state at large.
“Recall that four months ago we dissolved the leadership of the supporters’ clubs of our state owned football teams as a result of indiscipline. We, therefore, constituted a constitution drafting committee and we came up with a constitution which will guide the supporters’ clubs, management of the two teams and our ministry. This will help us work in line with our mandate.
“You must therefore, establish a good working relationship with the management of the two football clubs and the technical crew, in order to add value to the clubs and for the overall benefit of the state,” he said.
The commissioner, therefore, charged the new leadership of the supporters’ clubs to appoint their legal advisers, who will provide legal advice to the clubs incase of any dispute.
He assured that the ministry will provide vehicles to the supporters’ clubs before the start of the league to ease mobility.
“I want to also assure you that the Lafia City Stadium which is currently under renovation will be completed by the end of this month so that our home matches will be played in the state when the league starts.
“The ministry may also give you stipends but it is expected that you source for funds on your own to finance your activities,” the commissioner said.
Responding separately on behalf of the newly inaugurated officials, the Chairman, Supporters’ Club of Nasarawa United FC, Mr Jibril Ali and his counterpart from Nasarawa Amazons FC, Mr Adamu Shigafata, both appreciated the ministry for finding them worthy of the appointments.
They promised to bring their experiences to bear even as they pledged their commitment to the duties entrusted on them.
Earlier, in a welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Isah Mohammed Eya underscored the importance of supporters’ clubs to football teams, saying they play significant roles and must be guided by the constitution and code of conduct.
He said that the ministry will ensure that the clubs are carried along both at home and outside the state.
The Voice reports that the newly inaugurated officials of supporters’ clubs of Nasarawa United FC and Nasarawa Amazons FC will both serve a tenure of three years.