CAPTION:L-R Alhaji Tunde Akanbi, Perm Sec Alhaji Shuaib, Prof. Gafar Ijaiya of Unilorin and Press Secretary of Ministry of Sport Mr Sangodare during the press conference on Saturday
Arrangements have been concluded for the successful hosting of this year edition of the 3rd Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Tertiary Institutions Football Championshiph scheduled to hold between 13th and 20th of October this year.
To this effect, the JAMB has released the sum of N25 million for the hosting of this year edition of the tournament.
The tournament which is the third in the series, is expected to feature five Universities, five Polytechnics, five Colleges of Education and one Entrepreneur Institution drawn across the country as participants.
Addressing Journalists on Saturday (September 7, 2019) at the Conference Hall of the Kwara state Ministry of Sport and Youth Development, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Akanbi Abdulquadir Shuaib said the tournament had been scheduled to hold between 13th and 20th of October, 2019.
Shuaib disclosed that the closing ceremony would hold on the 19th of October which will be declared open by the Kwara state governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as the Special Guest of Honour.
Other dignitories expected to grace the occasion according to the Permanent Secretary include, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; the Registrar of the JAMB, Professor Is’haq Oloyede; Board Chairman and members of JAMB; the host Vice Chancellor, Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem; as well as other Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and other stakeholders.
Ahaji Shuaib said the overall winner will go home with the sum of N1million, while the institutions that take second and third positions will be presented with the sum of N750,000 and N500,000 respectively.
He warned that only bonafide students of the participating institutions would be allowed to participate in the tournament.
Alhaji Shuaib particularly thanked the JAMB for not relenting in sponsoring the tournament, saying that the game has further cemented the cordial relationship among various institutions of higher learning in the country.
While thanking members steering committee for their sense of understanding and cooperation, Shuaib that the last two events that held in 2017 and 2018 have no doubt discovered Football talents in the country.
He expressed optimism that the tournament would further discover more talents who would in turn represent the Nigeria in future football tournaments.
In his remakrs, the Director of Sports, Kwara State Sport Council, Coach Tunde Kazeem said the University of Ilorin stadium at the institution’s Permant Site and the Kwara state Stadium complex, Ilorin would be used for the tournament.
He said adequate security has been mapped out to ensure a hitch-free tournament.
Also speaking shortly after the briefing, the Director of Sport, University of Ilorin, Professor Olufunmilola Dominic said the University of Ilorin was fully ready to host the tournament.
Professor Dominic advised the visiting players to behave themselves while on Unilorin campus, even as she was confident that unilorin team will win the tournament.
Highlights of the event include drawing of table, just as the 16 participating institutions were categorised into four groups ( Group A to D).