By Yahaya Idris, Toto
The Executive Chairman, Toto local government Area of Nasarawa State, Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi Tashas, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Yahaya …. and the Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission Barrister Muhammed Musa Tanko Osuku, among other dignitaries attended the finals of the second edition of the Maikaya Foundation Cup finals played at the Toto West Sports facility, in Toto LGA of Nasarawa State.
Hon. Tashas, while speaking at the event expressed satisfaction with the sporting activities designed by the Maikaya Development Foundation – geared towards promoting peace and unity.
He commended the Grand Patron of the Foundation, H.E, Alhaji Musa Maikaya for his dedication and hard work at bringing glory to the area through sports.
He said the Football Competition will go a long way in promoting peaceful coexistence among the youth of Toto LG and beyond.
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The humility personified Hon. Tashas said Alhaji Musa Muhammed Maikaya deserves commendation for his numerous initiatives, ranging from philanthropist gesture, peace, unity, and development of his community, among others.
“What I have seen today (1st January 2022) is impressive, it is worth emulating because our Area is blessed with talented youths
“As a Council under my leadership, we are looking forward to a similar event of this great magnitude before the year runs out
“What gladdens my heart is the young players drawn from the 12 electoral wards of Toto who are now setting personal best records, it’s a great achievement”
Hon. Tashas also appreciated the Maikaya Foundation’s Commitment over the years to grooming great sportsmen and women who have won prizes for their various communities.
On his part, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya, thanked Alhaji Musa Muhammed Maikaya for his efforts towards sports development among the youth in the area.
He said the government will do its best to support grassroots sports development in the State.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku commended the Grand patron of Maikaya Development Foundation for organizing the event and urged the government to be more proactive in grooming the youths who are talented in various sports to enable the Area and the State at large to be reckoned with at the National sports arena.
The Former administrator of Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area, who is a legal luminary calls on other well-to-do Nigerians to support the Maikaya Foundation in their quest for sporting excellence.
He also commended the officials saddled with the responsibility of the sports activities in the area for their fair and just judgment before, during, and after the processes and for always setting the pace.
Barr. Tanko, a one-time Senior Special Assistant Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Kogi State on LG and Chieftaincy Affairs also expressed optimism that Nigerian youth will make the nation proud if given the opportunity.
The Grand Patron, Maikaya Development Foundation, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Maikaya, earlier in his address said the event was put together to complement the efforts of the government at minimizing crimes, encouraging unity, togetherness and improving the well-being of the youths in the area and also promised to sustain the program.
The former Governorship aspirant said there are numerous programs the foundation will undertake in the year ahead and reiterated his commitment to continue to give back to society.
Maikaya who is the Ciroma Toto, commended stakeholders, guests, and youths for their unflinching support and loyalty which he said contributed hugely to the success of the event.
Global Times Nigeria reports that the finals of the Maikaya Development Foundation Cup, a football competition match between Kolo Football Club and No Shaking FC, both from Toto LG saw the former emerge winner with a lone goal while the latter was crowned first runner up.
People from all walks of life were in attendance.