Nigeria Para Football Federation (NFP) President Misbahu Didi urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to include para football in national competitions.
Mr. Didi made the appeal on Friday during the closing ceremony of the first edition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Para-Football Championship held at the Old Parade Ground, Zone 10, Abuja.
“My call to the ministry is to help us bring para soccer back to the National Sports Festival (NSF) and include it in the NYG as well.
“We have football in the festival, we also want para soccer to be in the NSF and the NYG.
“We also need sponsors who have been the key to the success of every sports organization. Without support and sponsorship, it will be difficult for us to organize events as a federation.
“I also ask the ministry to continue to support the Para-Soccer Federation with grants so that we can continue to engage our athletes for better performance in the future,” he said.
He noted that the championship was organized to mark and celebrate the International Day of People Living with Disabilities.
“I thank the National Commission for having supported us and also encouraged us to organize this event.
“We are going to organize many national competitions next year in partnership with the National Commission for People with Disabilities,” he said.
He called for government intervention in other areas, especially in the education of athletes after sport.
He also urged the commission to help athletes gain support from legal entities, national and international groups.
“The executive secretary of the National Commission for People Living with Disabilities has promised to give us 100 health insurance covers for athletes,” he revealed.
The Nigeria Para-Football Federation, in collaboration with the commission, organized the first edition of the championship.
Tagged “ABUJA 2021”, the celebration aimed to promote an understanding of disability issues and to mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities.
It also aimed to raise awareness of the gains to be made from the integration of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural life of society.