The Federal Government, through the National Lottery Trust Fund, has donated sports equipment to 41 public primary schools in Bayelsa State.
The Federal Government said the distribution was an interventionist programme to promote grassroots sports development and improve the country’s future performances in competitions.
The schools got athletics, volleyball, basketball, football, handball, badminton, table tennis, judo and taekwondo equipment at a ceremony in Yenagoa on Friday.
Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Phylis Nwokedi represented the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, on the occasion.
Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, NLTF, Habu Gumel; NLTF’s Zonal Coordinator, South-South, Alhaji Adamu Rabiu; traditional rulers and representatives of the state government were also present at the event.
Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, Walton Liverpool, described the gesture as the first in the history of basic education in the state.
He said the schools would use the equipment to achieve the objectives of the programme. He, however, appealed to the Federal Government to do more to the schools.