The Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda and the Sports Minister Dr. Tammy Danagogo will be the special guests at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the NFF/FIFA Regional Technical Centre in Bauchi on Tuesday, May 13.
Also expected at the occasion are Director General of the NSC, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Adamu Gumba, Chairman of the House Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, top officials of the Bauchi State Government, NFF President Aminu Maigari and members of his Executive Committee and NFF Management.
Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, his assistant Daniel Amokachi and former Eagles’ skipper Jay –Jay Okocha are among other prominent Nigerians expected at the occasion.
FIFA Development Officer for West Africa, Mr. Sampon Kablan is expected in Abuja on Monday evening, with project consultants, Sports Solutions also to be represented.
NFF President Aminu Maigari said on Thursday: “The NFF and the entire Nigeria football fraternity are immensely grateful to Governor Yuguda for providing the very large expanse of land for this project. As we have said several times, this project will be replicated in all the six geopolitical zones of our country, to speed up development of the game at the grassroots.”
A FIFA Goal project, the NFF Regional Technical Centre, Bauchi was consummated last year with the provision of land by Governor Yuguda, FIFA’s expressed satisfaction that the Goal Project in Abuja is being put to excellent use and the visit of two FIFA officials to the project site in Bauchi.
The mission of FIFA’s Goal Programme is to “promote the independence and professionalization of its Member Associations through provision of tailor-made projects, such as the construction of association headquarters, technical centres, natural and artificial turf pitches and football schools.”
Its goals include promoting the game of football together with its fundamental principles and social, educational and cultural values around the world; seeking parity in the standard and infrastructure of football in individual countries; establishing modern, functional and transparent football administrations and; promoting sustainable long-term development of the member associations and encouraging solidarity among them.