Kano state governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso has applauded Kano Pillars Football Club for retaining the Glo Nigeria Premier League Cup, after finishing all matches with 63 points to top the league table.
In a congratulatory message signed by his Director of Press, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, the governor urged the team to see their victory as a starting point since they are billed to represent the nation in a continental competition.
“The fact that your retained the Glo Nigeria Premier League Cup means you should not only celebrate but brace up to the challenge of representing Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League”, the statement explained.
“Personally, I am excited, and I believe our citizens of Kano are happy that you won the coveted cup. You started the league with a very good outing and today, you have done us proud by retaining the trophy, please keep the flag flying high”, the governor added.
The governor, who commended the players for their determination and team spirit acknowledged sacrifice of the coaches and other team officials as well as the efforts of their supporters club for their contribution towards victory of the team.
Thus, he assured the team that the state government would continue to support them to excel in national and international competitions, in line with the sports for development agenda of his administration
Defending champions Kano Pillars Football club retained the 2012/2013 Glo Premier League title in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) even after losing on the competition’s final matchday.
The Kano side lost 0-2 to Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi in a week 38 match at Katsina-Ala but the loss did not stop them winning their third league title.
They won the title with 63 points from 38 matches, one point ahead of former winners Enyimba International FC of Aba who surged into second place after a 1-0 home win.
The Aba-based former African champions finished with 62 points from 38 matches after beating Sharks FC of Port Harcourt.
They leapfrogged Bayelsa United of Yenagoa who dropped to third place after losing 0-1 to Gombe United FC and ending up with 61 points.
El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri also dropped to fourth place from third place, with 60 points after a 0-1 loss to Rangers International FC in Enugu.
In other matches played in the league, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi lost 0-2 to Dolphin FC in Port Harcourt, while ABS FC of Ilorin lost 0-1 to hosts Warri Wolves.
Akwa United FC of Uyo also drew 1-1 with hosts Kwara United FC in Lokoja, while 3SC FC of Ibadan finally went down after a 0-2 loss to Kaduna United FC.
The loss kept them at the bottom of the table with 46 points, and will be joined by three others on the list of four clubs relegated into the lower Nigeria National League (NNL).
Meanwhile the Kano state government has decide may convert the new paediatric hospital complex at Zoo road in Kano municipality to a nursing school, the state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwanwaso has announced.
The governor explained that the aim is to have as many nurses for government hospitals as possible, lamenting that at the moment, pubic hospitals in Kano are suffering from dearth of paramedical personnel.
Gov. Kwankwaso therefore assured that the state government is poised to reverse the trend through the establishment of schools of nursing and midwifery at Madobi, Bebeji and Gezawa, in addition to such existing schools in the state.
The governor, who made the disclosure while receiving the chairman and members of the governing council of Northwest University, Kano in his office, stated that the government is also working towards affiliating Kano Informatics Institute with a university to enhance its academic programmes and students’ performance.
He further revealed that the government, in conjunction with the authorities of the Northwest University, plan to ensure that the university adds more courses to its existing academic programmes, adding that the decision to use the Murtala Muhammed Library complex as the department of Library Science of the university is a step in that direction.