The minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, and the governor of Katsina State, Malam Aminu Masari, have commissioned the Daura Mini Stadium.
Concise News reports that a novelty match was played to mark the opening of the 3,000 capacity mini stadium, located at Daura local government area.
In his remarks, Dalung said the Mini Stadium, which has a volleyball court, was commissioned in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari for the development of the youths of Nigeria who constitute over 70% of the population.
“This Mini Stadium in Daura is one of many embarked upon by the Buhari Administration across the country, as the cornerstone of the ‘Catch them Young’ policy thrust of sports Administration in the country,” he said.
“Over the years, previous administrations did not lay very strong emphasis on developing Sports at the grassroots level and this neglect has manifested in the decline in the rate of identifying and nurturing of talents to the Elite Athlete Level, which has grossly affected the country’s standing in the sporting world.
“To address this challenge, the Buhari Administration aggressively embarked on the construction of Mini Stadia and Mini Sports Centres across the country to trigger the resurgence of our greatness in sports and further develop sporting facilities across the country from which we will harvest athletes who will represent the country at continental and global sporting events.”
Furthermore, the Minister urged the state government to ensure the proper utilization of the stadium and its maintenance of which the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has developed a Blueprint for its management. It includes the Manpower Structure, target users, qualification of the staff, the sports that can be hosted as well as the general management of the Stadium.
On his part, Governor Masari thanked President Buhari for the Mini Stadium and urged the youths to make judicious use of the facility for their empowerment.
“For those of you who live around this area, an opportunity to use the Daura Mini Stadium has been provided for you. It is up to you to excel. It is a collective responsibility of all of us to ensure that this Daura Mini-stadium becomes functional, operational and used for the purpose it is meant for,” he said.