The Kano State Government bought sporting facilities worth N5 million and distributed same to boarding secondary schools in the state, Alhaji Habib El-Yakub, the Director-General, Kano State Secondary Schools Management Board, said.
El-Yakub made the disclosure in Kano at the presentation of prizes to the 33 schools that participated in the 2013 edition of school challenge competitions held in Kano.
He said the facilities were given to 224 secondary schools as part of efforts to boost sporting activities in the state.
He added that the decision to re-introduce school challenge competitions in sports and academics was borne out of the board’s commitment to discover and develop hidden talents among students.
“We resolved to re-introduce the competitions among schools so that hidden talents could be encouraged to develop their skills,’’ the director-general said.
He thanked the state’s Ministry of Education for the support it gave the board and urged it to sustain the tempo.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji Audi Abubakar, said the ministry had appointed a desk officer in-charge of all sporting activities.
Abubakar said the move was to promote sporting activities in the state’s school system.
He said the Kofar Naisa Sports Complex, when completed, would accommodate a number of sporting activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that out of the six categories of events competed for, three were in sports, while three were in academics.