Nasarawa To Sign MoU With Republic Of Bangladesh On Bilateral Relations, Sport Development.

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In an efforts to boost state sport sector and youth Empowerment, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on ways to boost the State’s sports sector and youth empowerment.

The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Othman Bala Adam, disclose this when he led a high-powered Management delegation to the Bangladesh High Commission In Abuja.

In a statement by Eche Amos, PRO,
Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports, said the Commissioner explained that the visit was a fact-finding mission to seek for areas of meaningful collaboration with the South-Asian Country to empower the growing number of youth in the State and as well boost the sports sector in line with the mandate bestowed on him by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State.

“Our being here today is to ensure that the mandate given to us by the Government of Nasarawa State in the area of Youth and Sports Development is actualized.

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“And with the recent youth demonstrations across the country, I am proud to say that in our State, we never had such because the Governor is always on top of such situation.

“We have the youth at heart, we have engaged them in terms of governance, sporting activities, capacity building, empowerment, and the likes” he began.

The Commissioner stressed that the Ministry is over-burdened by the large tasks before it, which was what prompted it to go out of the box to surmount the challenges, including the visit to the High Commission.

“My Ministry is one which is too large for the available resources, hence the need for improvement in order to meet the ever-growing demands.

“We want to explore other vistas of opportunities that are available in Bangladesh, but lacking in Nasarawa State, that could add value to the lives of the State people, particularly, the youth, who are potential leaders.

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“So, we are here to see how we can collaborate with your country in the areas of sports and educational scholarships for our coaches and athletes, agriculture, textile industry, ICT, skills acquisition, and tapping into the huge youth potentials in order to engage the youth meaningfully and positively so as to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the State and larger society”, the Commissioner revealed.

Othman Bala Adam told the High Commissioner that Nasarawa State presents the right environment for both local and foreign direct investment.

In his remarks, the Bangladesh High Commissioner, Md. Shameem Ahsan(ndc), who was joined by Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, expressed delight to the Nasarawa State delegation for the visit, and promised his country’s mutual collaboration with the Solid Minerals’ State in the best possible ways.

“I am very happy to receive the delegation from the Government of Nasarawa State headed by the Honourable Commissioner.

“Bangladesh has so much in common with Nigeria. We are a country of great business opportunities and we can share our best practices with Nasarawa State, especially in the aspects of eduction, sports, infrastructure, trade, manufacturing, culture, agriculture, ICT, women and youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, and textile business”, the Envoy revealed.

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While assuring that Bangladesh is ready to extend its supports and cooperations to any Nigerian Organization, including the Nasarawa State Government, the High Commissioner told the Nasarawa State delegation to present an official proposal, stating, with clear indication, possible areas that would be mutually beneficial to both the State Government and Bangladesh Government.

The envoy thanked the delegation for showing interest in partnering with Bangladesh and hoped that the relationship would be strengthened.

Also in the Nasarawa State delegation were Shammah Lawrence(Director of Sports Organizing), Umar Abubakar (Director of Youth Development), Eche Amos(PRO), and Muhammad Sani Ashafa(Aide to the Commissioner).


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