Rivers Spends N15bn On Facilities For Sports Festival

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Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers says government is committed to hosting the 17th National Sports Festival from June 29 to July 10 in Port Harcourt.

Amaechi told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday that government had spent more than N15 billion in the building of a new sports complex.

The complex to be used for the festival is named after former Green Eagles star, Adokiye Amiesimaka.

Amaechi said some of the facilities like volleyball, swimming pool, basketball, tennis courts had been completed but that work was still going on at the main bowl.

“We are almost concluding on all the sporting facilities. The volleyball, basketball all those ones are completed.

“Infact, we just left there this afternoon. What is remaining is the main bowl, the stadium work is quite challenging.

“But we have another competition venue that has the capacity for about between 4,000 and 5,000 spectators but the new stadium has the capacity for 25,000.

“We are pushing the contractors hard to try and complete the stadium, if they don’t, we use the other competition venue.

The rest facilities are ready,’’ he said

The governor said the road leading to the sports complex would soon be completed also.

He said the festival was an avenue to bring youths together.

“It (festival) brings us together. So, we should continue to keep the unity that emanate from the competition and remember that we are one country.

“We cannot be better than being the same as a country,’’ he said.

Amaechi said government’s commitment to hosting a successful festival was total.