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While facing Kidnappings and Banditry, Kaduna Government plans to host 2022 Sports Festival

The Kaduna State government is planning to host the 2022 National Sports Festival in a brochure released by the State’s sports ministry.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai said they intended to raise the bar having hosted the 16th edition of the festival

“We have already commenced upgrading the facilities used in 2016 to meet contemporary standards,” the statement said

“I hereby seize this unique opportunity to reaffirm our willingness and readiness to host the biennal event and plead with the Council of Sports’ approval of Kaduna State as hosts of the 2022 National Sports Festival.”

Kaduna State first hosted the third edition in 1977 and had another successful hosting in 2009.

Some of the proposed venues are the Kaduna Club, Murtala Square, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna Township Stadium, Kaduna State University, Nigeria Defence Academy, Police College, and the Kaduna Polytechnic.

The state also said that the construction of seven new stadia in Kaduna, Zaria, Kafanchan, Kachia, Lere, Birnin Gwari and Saminaka were ongoing.

Even as the on-going EDO 2021 sports festival has been fraught with challenges, from budget issues to accommodation of athletes and concerns for COVID-19 safely, Kaduna 2022 will likely be fraught with all of that and insecurity.

Kaduna has experienced a near tripling of violent incidents involving armed groups in the past year. According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the 220 violent events have resulted in nearly a thousand fatalities.

Moreover, there have been roughly 400 persons abducted for ransom and hundreds of communities destroyed causing the displacement of more than 50,000 people. Over the last year, Kaduna has recorded the highest number of episodes of political violence and fatalities in northern Nigeria.

Before the Kaduna state government can make 2022 Sports Festival Plans, it needs to handle it's security challenges otherwise, hosting the festival is not a good idea.

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