Abu Gumel, executive secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund, told reporters that the equipment in nine key sports including football, athletics and many more will be parcelled to the schools to enhance grassroots sports development.
He put the cost of the equipment imported directly from manufacturers in China and Taiwan at N574m. The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be the special guest of honour at the unveiling and the presentation of the equipment in Abuja, Nigeria.
Gumel, president of Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), said the gesture was to promote grassroots development given that Nigeria’s current crop of athletes was ageing and a need for the grooming of talented sports men to excel in international sports was necessary.
He said that the National Lottery Fund would work with the Federal Capital Territory administration would attach coaches to the selected schools to ensure that the students are trained on the use of the facilities. Twenty schools in Abuja, Nigeria will benefit from the project.
Gumel said: “It is our conscious effort to develop school sports and these projects are funded from remittances received from lottery operators and promoters across the country, which in the past was used in supporting the 9th All Africa Games in Algiers in 2007 and the West Africa Police Games in 2009.”