By Jide Dominic, Yenagoa
As part of the commitment of the Federal government to encourage primary schools across the country particularly in the area of sports, the National Lottery Trust Fund has donated sporting kits to 41 primary schools in Bayelsa state.
The donation was made by the National Lottery Trust Fund as part of the good causes intervention programme from proceeds of lottery.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, the Director General of the Trust Fund, Eng. Ahmed Gumel encouraged the benefitting students to make good use of the kits, stressing that the commission organized the programme purposely to boost the capacity of students particularly in the area of sports.
Eng. Gumel enjoined the benefitting students to reciprocate the gesture by imbibing the instructions from their teachers for the purpose of going into full sporting activities at the end of their studies.
He also promised that the gesture will be extended to other students who did not benefit now, emphasizing that time has come for students to cultivate the culture of harnessing their God given talents for the benefit of not only themselves but also the country as a whole.
Also speaking at the event, the chairman of Universal Basic Education in the state, Walton Liverpool stated that National Lottery Trust Fund programme is not gambling but a global social activity that should be encouraged in our schools.
Liverpool also called on the Lottery Trust Fund to do more, adding that the presentation is assumed to be the first batch.
In his speech at the occasion, the Royal father of the day, HRM Igodo who represented the chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state, King Alfred Diette Spiff stressed that the progamme is long over due.
He seized opportunity to thank the Commission for the initiative and asked for more so that other students can equally have a fair share of it.
While administering the presentation of the kits to the students, the Minister of state for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri stated that the programme was carefully designed to support public schools across the country which the Federal government is encouraging, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to bringing development to the grassroots, particularly through sports.
He disclosed that Federal government cannot develop all the schools in the country alone, calling on both the state and local government to complement the effort of the Federal government at galvanizing support for sporting activities.
Lokpobiri also stated that while he was the chairman of Senate committee on youths and sports in the National Assembly, the committee particularly carried out sensitization campaigns aimed at encouraging youths across the country to develop their natural abilities, emphasizing that lottery is a legitimate business all over the world.
He further said that lottery can bring trillions of naira into the country thereby creating wealth.