By Abubakar Hassan

Niger State Commissioner for Youths Affairs and Sports Development, Mr. Emmanuel Umar has said that Niger state Darling Team, Niger Tornadoes is the pride and joy of soccer-loving Nigerlites.

The commissioner stated this during the inauguration of the newly elected executives of Niger Tornadoes Supporters Club, at the conference room of Tornadoes secretariat in the Ministry of Sports Development.

He disclosed that the state Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello was passionate about sports and Niger Tornadoes, in particular, stressing the need for all stakeholders to work towards the success of the club.

While congratulating the new executives, the commissioner reminded the supporters club that they are expected to cheer the team to success all the time, promising that the ministry will support them in whichever way to succeed in their assignment.

He also charged the supporters club to work as a team to project not only Niger Tornadoes but the state as a whole and prayed that God should give them the wisdom to pilot the team for success.

He also commended the Chairman of the club, Hon. Adamu Aliyu for his efforts towards the success of the club over the years.

In his remark, the Chairman of the club, Hon. Adamu Aliyu said the focus of the club now is to return to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), and that it is achievable if all stakeholders work as a team.

He disclosed that Tornadoes Supporters Club had been recognized over the years as best supporters club of NPFL clubs and that the supporters club has evolved and grown from strength to strength with some of its members becoming management members of the club.

While appreciating the commissioner for being part of the event, the club chairman said he knows the commissioner as a game-changer anywhere he is and expressed optimism that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

He also appreciated the harmonious working relationship between the club and the state Football Association, adding that all the successes the club recorded over the years were with the support of the state FA.

Hon. Adamu Aliyu expressed optimism that with teamwork among all stakeholders no team will come to Minna and defeat Tornadoes, adding that the management of the club will carry the supporters club along and promised to give a reception in honour of the new executives of the supporters club.

Similarly, the first vice. Chairman of Niger State Football Association (NSFA), Alh. Yabagi Baba said football is an association and that the state FA is number one partner of Niger Tornadoes because they do everything together from the beginning of the season to the end year in year out.

The state FA number two man said he was happy to be part of the event, revealing that the supporters club is an affiliate of the state FA and as such should always inform the FA about their activities.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of Niger Tornadoes Supporters club, Ahmed Jibrin Soye called on members of the club to rally round the executive so as to achieve the major aim of the club, which is to cheer their team to victory in all matches.

While appreciating the confidence reposed on them by members of the supporters club, the new chairman said they will not fail them and promised to carry all members along.

He also appreciated the state government under the leadership of Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello and the management of the club headed by Hon. Adamu Aliyu for their efforts towards seeing the club return to the elite league, promising that the supporters club will provide the support required of them.

The oath of office and oath of allegiance was administered on the new executives by the legal adviser of the club, Barr. Faruq Ayawa.

The newly inaugurated executives of the supporters club are, Ahmad Jibrin Soye, chairman, Dantala Ibrahim Bosso and Alh. Idris Yusuf are Vice Chairman 1 and 2, Musa Abbas is the Secretary and Isah Manzo, Assistant Secretary.

Others are, Salihu Mohammed Chikuli as Treasurer, Yahaya Ibrahim, Financial Secretary, Tanimu Musa, Assistant Financial Secretary, Yakubu Salihu, Organizing Secretary, and Malam Dantala, Assistant Organizing Secretary.

Ismaila Bawa Barde is the Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Daja, Chief Auditor, Abdullahi Nasiru and Audu Magaji are Auditor 2 and 3, while Abubakar Isyaku is the Flag Bearer of the supporters club.