Governor of Benue state, Dr Samuel Ortom, says he will collaborate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to boost employment and create wealth for the youths of the state.
Dr Ortom made the remark when the Youth and Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung paid a two- day working visit to the state.
"Our state ministry of youth and sports will work with you. I want to urge you to include Benue state in your provisional programs so that our youths can benefit from skills acquisition, youth policy formation, training, sports, etc.
"We are soliciting that you kindly facilitate our hosting of national and international sports festivals as this will open our state to investors. We propose a partnership with your ministry to host competitions such as schools sports, sports festivals and inter-collegiate competitions. These activities will help in identifying talents, promoting recreation, tourism as well as physical fitness of our young people."
Dr Ortom also asked the minister to use his good office to assist the state in the establishment of a national football academy and upgrade the Aper Aku stadium to international standard as the state lacked such facilities where international activities can take place.
"We are calling on the Hon. Minister to assist us to establish three modern recreational centres in each senatorial district, a viable youth center as well as ICT training centers. We shall be willing to provide the support including a percentage of our security vote where necessary."
Earlier, Barrister Solomon Dalung thanked the governor for providing good leadership attributes to the people of Benue state despite huge challenges facing the state.