Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has directed the immediate payment of N25m surety bond to the League Management Committee (LMC) so as to allow new entrants, Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna participate in the Nigeria premier league.
Governor Bello gave the directive when he received players and officials of Niger Tornadoes FC and other sports associations at the Government House, Minna.
He said that the Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development and the Commissioner of Finance should ensure the quick release of the money.
The governor commended the Team Tornadoes FC for gaining promotion back to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the country’s apex league.
According to him, he has been following the progress of Tornadoes keenly and promising that the team will be given all the needed support to perform credibly well and make the state proud.
The governor also told the team that despite the economic challenges facing the state, the government will provide them with a bus for players’ comfort considering the number of matches they are to play in the season.
He bemoaned the poor state of sports facilities in the state, saying that he has already entered discussion with some groups for the state to have a befitting modern stadium.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Tornadoes Management Committee (TMC), Hon Adamu Aliyu Mohammed, praised the state governor for directing the payment of the surety bond as well as the donation of a bus.
Hon. Mohammed told the governor that some of the players that won the NNL Super 4 have been retained while tested players that took part in last year NPFL have been brought in to make the club strong enough to stand the test of time.
Tornadoes will play her first match away to Plateau United Jos and will host Giwa FC in her first home match to be played in her adopted confluence stadium Lokoja as her home ground.

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