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Fubara announces new sports festival to encourage Rivers youth

Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has introduced that an annual sports activities match will quickly begin within the state, which is able to present a platform for teenagers to develop their abilities and realise their goals.

The governor has due to this fact directed the state sports activities commissioner, Christopher Inexperienced, to design the construction of the competitors and call his workplace to get the match underway. He added that those that carry out outstandingly can be acknowledged at an awards ceremony in December 2024.

Fubara on Wednesday introduced the official presentation of trophies and medals to the Rivers United Beneath 17 Youth League, Rivers Hoopers Basketball Membership, Rivers Angels Soccer Membership, Rivers Desk Tennis Group, Judo, Chess, Volleyball, Paralysis and Hockey groups on the banquet corridor of the Authorities Home in Port Harcourt.

This was contained in an announcement despatched to journalists by the governor’s spokesperson, Nelson Chukwudi.

Fubara expressed his delight on the variety of trophies he has obtained from the assorted groups and stated that he feels just like the luckiest consultant of the state presently.

He stated, “You make us proud. We can be inspired to help you extra. We are going to help you to be sure you get someplace.

“Let me say this: it isn’t concerning the cash that’s being pledged to you to encourage you. It’s the spirit and the love that you’ve for our state that has enabled you to symbolize us and likewise to make us win within the comity of states.

“So I would like you to exit right here and be extra inspired. Hold doing all your greatest to advertise sports activities in our state. The one factor that brings individuals collectively is sports activities, and I feel and imagine that if we spend cash and spend money on sports activities, that can go a good distance in partaking our youth and lowering crime and delinquency.”

Fubara additional directed the sports activities commissioner to launch a sports activities programme to have interaction the youth.

“I hereby authorize the Commissioner for Sports activities to instantly launch a sports activities program or competition that may have interaction our youth throughout this era.

“Whether or not it’s soccer or no matter, I would like you to provide you with a match that can preserve our youth busy between now and December. I would like this system to be a program the place we come collectively in December to honor the winners of the match,” he stated.

Fubara indicated that the essence of his choice was that as an alternative of utilizing the state’s sources to equip youths with explosives to trigger chaos or rent individuals for every day protests, it’s higher to spend it on a path that can additional advance the nice and peace-loving individuals of Rivers State.

He stated: “Initially, let me, very specifically, congratulate all those that have labored tirelessly to make Rivers State proud. I need to thank the commissioner particularly. One factor is spending cash, and the opposite factor is getting outcomes for the cash. I feel in the case of outcomes, he brings outcomes.

“And he would not ship the outcomes as a result of he is the commissioner, he will get these outcomes as a result of he works with devoted crew gamers.

“I need to thanks individuals for the whole lot you’ve carried out, on your dedication, as a result of in case you are not decided to win, we’re not going to beat you up: we are going to simply attempt once more. However you need to be winners, and that’s the reason we’re celebrating right this moment.”

The Governor additionally appreciated the administration of the assorted groups and urged them to proceed to work exhausting to make the state proud. Their contributions won’t ever be forgotten as posterity will always remember them.

He introduced money prizes starting from N2.5 million to N30 million for the person and group winners of all groups, together with the Supporters’ Membership.

In his speech, Inexperienced defined that the competitors was robust, however because of the help of Governor Fubara and the dedication of the gamers, gold, silver and bronze medals have been received in varied competitions performed by each women and men.

Barrister Inexperienced, who additionally stated that the Rivers groups set new sporting data, particularly in open chess, stated that a number of Rivers athletes emerged as essentially the most prized gamers and high scorers, particularly within the U17 match performed by the Rivers United Soccer crew.

On his half, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ignatius Ajuru College of Schooling, Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, acknowledged that the achievement being celebrated will not be solely nice but in addition new in Nigeria’s sporting historical past.

Chief Amiesimaka thanked Fubara for his help to the groups, which boosted their morale. He urged the gamers to not relaxation on their laurels however to try for extra successes.

Dr Sam Sam Jaja, a number one sports activities administrator within the state, additionally stated that it’s simpler to develop into a champion however it’s more durable to keep up that angle. He urged the gamers to focus extra on beating the world.

He tasked the acclaimed sporting abilities to keep up the momentum and preserve the state on the world map as one of many main sports activities champions.

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