Kwara State Government under the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday, August 27, 2020, named Nigeria’s 1st football house after an elder statesman and patriarch of the Mustapha’s family, Alh. Usman Mustapha.
The football house was constructed by the Kwara State Football Association with the financial support of the AbdulRazaq administration and Barrister A.U Mustapha SAN, an Ilorin-born football enthusiast who is a member of the NFF and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Speaking at the launching of the football house, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said:
“For me, our gathering here today is about two major things. The first is to commission a facility for public use. The commissioning comes after months of hard work by the leadership and members of the Kwara State Football Association and some investments by the government. This investment aligns with the decision of our administration to restore the glory of our state across various sectors, including sports. This has led to massive rehabilitation works on roads, hospitals, schools, and sporting facilities that capture the essence and history of our state. One of them is the Baseball Court. I want to reassure sport lovers that the same gesture will be extended to the long-abandoned indoor sports hall at this stadium while new facilities would also be put in place.
“The second is about rewarding good legacies. I have been briefed that this facility is to be renamed after the Wali of Ilorin, Alhaji Usman Mustapha. I believe this is befitting.”
The Governor commended A.U Mustapha SAN for his support for the furnishing of the facility, hailing him for being a pride of the state.
Speaking at the launching, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, said his team at the NFF is determined to develop football in Nigeria, particularly at the grassroots level.
He said: “When Barrister A.U Mustapha and I decided to go to Accra, Ghana, one of the requests we made was to have a football house in all the 36 states of the federation. We started with six and today by the special grace of God we’re commissioning the first one in Kwara State.
“This is quite symbolic because we have the governor that cares. It is quite epochal because we have a governor that believes in the development of football. This is made possible because the governor understands that the football is part of the large ecosystem in which a player can make a career and channel it into a productive youth not just for entertainment but also feeding their family”, he said.
Pinnick also made an appeal for the renaming of Kwara State Stadium Complex after the late Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini.
The President, CAF Appeal Committee, Barrister A.U Mustapha, on his part, expressed optimism that with the renewed support of Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration in the sports sector, Kwara would soon regain its lost glory in the sector.
Alhaji Usman Mustapha, the Wali of Ilorin is the father of renknown personalities who are force to be reckoned with not only in Kwara state, but Africa at large. They are – Oluomo Mashood Mustapha (MM), an astute poliitician cum entrepreneur; Alh. Lukman Olayiwola Mustapha, a seasoned banker cum politician; Alh. Akeem U. Mustapha, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); and other eminent personalities.
The naming of Kwara Football House after Alh. Usman Mustapha is significant. Recall that Alh. Usman Mustapha, the Wali of Ilorin was ousted from his position as an Elder in the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Sen. Bukola Saraki because he chose to stand on the side of the masses.
He was, however, reinstated with the emergence of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as the Executive Governor of Kwara State.
The honour bestowed on Alh. Usman Mustapha by Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration is a pointer to the resolve of this government to correct the ills of the past administration.
This is an honour well deserved, may Governor AA succeed.
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