By Dauda Iliya
The North East Development Commission NEDC says it will continue to promote sporting activities among displaced persons to ensure peace in insurgency ravaged communities.
Managing Director of the Commission Alhaji Mohammed Akali stated this at the closing ceremony of sports competition and Game’s master’s workshop for IDPs at the Elkanemi Worriors sports centre Maiduguri.
Mr. Alkali explained that the competition was organised to engage the youths in sporting events and to discover talents at the grassroot level.
He promised to replicate the competition across all the states in the region to foster unity and peaceful coexistence.
“The sporting competition is to encourage our youths and engage them in meaningful activities as they plan to return to their respective communities and to promote sporting activities, we have also had training workshops for coaches” Alhaji Alkali stated.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum represented by his Chief of Staff Professor Isa Hussaini assured to sustain the partnership with NEDC in sports development.
He congratulated all the teams for their active participation, stressing that there was no losser in the competition.
A total of ten clubs from ten local government areas participated with team Maiduguri Metropolitan Council MMC emerging the winner of the Peace Cup competition after defeating Kukawa football club 4-3 after a penalty shootout.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of trophies and medals by the representative of Borno state Governor, the Managing Director NEDC and other management staff of the Commission to the winning teams.