Rashidi Yekini: Kwara to immortalise football hero

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The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said the administration would hold consultations with various stakeholders in the state especially in the sports industry as the state is poised to rename a major monument after the late Football legend Rashidi Yekini.

The Governor said the consultations would be followed by him forwarding a bill to the Kwara State House of Assembly to rename a major sports facility — possibly the stadium complex or its main bowl — after Yekini who scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal in US 94.

He said the state is also considering renaming some monument after the late George Innih, a former governor of the state who built the Kwara State Stadium Complex, among other major facilities in the state.

The governor made the comments during a visit to the Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare in the capital city Abuja on Thursday, during which he reassured sports lovers of the readiness of the administration to immortalise the late football star.

The Sports Ministry in Abuja has repeatedly requested successive Kwara State Governments to immortalise Yekini — a request AbdulRazaq told Dare is now being considered to properly accord the late footballer his right of place in the history of his own native state.

AbdulRazaq meanwhile is pushing for Kwara to be made the north central regional headquarters for the national creative industry training programme which the Ministry of Sports and Youths Development is coordinating, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye.

The programme leverages the Creative Industry Financing Initiative, and is designed to boost job creation amongst the youth in Nigeria. The initiative was put together by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee.

The Governor also secured assurance of the ministry to support the Kwara State Football Academy to become a major national football talent hub, the statement added.

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