The governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule has promised to improve the medical facilities of the state owned club, Nasarawa United FC.
The governor made the promise Sunday while watching the matchday 23 encounter between Nasarawa United versus Katsina United in Lafia in which a defender of the home side, Chineme Martins slumped and died due to what many followers described as low medical attention.
Reacting to the sad news, the governor who was accompanied by other state executive council members to watch the match, commiserated with the family of Martins and the team and promised that the government will make effort to improve the medical facilities of the club.
Chineme Martins slumped and died after colliding with Katsina United player. The medical teams of both clubs made frantic efforts to revive him.
An ambulance car stationed at the field made the situation worse after it failed to start and was pushed into the filed.
The Nigeria Police immediately drove their van into the field for immediate response before the Press Crew bus of the governor drove in and rushed the player to Dalhatu- Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia where he was later pronounced dead
“First and foremost, it is terrible that the ambulance is bad but it was not because of the ambulance that we took him late (to the hospital).
“All those vehicles where there much earlier and stayed almost 15 minutes before he was taken. So it was not because the ambulance was not moving that he was taken there a little bit late, he was taken there late because other medical teams on ground were trying to do everything possible to revive him.
“As God is so kind, we have various options. Yes the ambulance was bad, which we are going to look into, but we had various options to covey the gentleman who slumped to the hospital.
“Our hearts are actually with the family. We send our sympathy to the team and the players over what had happened,” the governor said.