Umar who said the committee would solicit for support from corporate bodies and private individuals expressed optimism that the committee would achieve its aim.
“We have to do it well because the event will put the state on the world sports map when hosted successfully.”
The Commissioner also said the marathon would boost socio-economic activities and increase the state’s revenue base.
“It will serve as a spring board to develop the state and national athletes,” he added.
While responding during the inauguration, Mohammed Gana, the Permanent Secretary at the state Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, and the committee’s Co-Chairman, promised to do everything possible to achieve success.(NAN)