With less than eight
months to the biennial National Sport Festival to be hosted by Cross River State, Governor Liyel Imoke, has assured that various sporting facilities would be completed and ready for use in August.
Governor Imoke, who gave the assurance during an inspection tour of facilities currently under construction, noted that construction work had progressed a lot more than his previous inspection.
“A lot of progress has been made from the last time that I was here. We have been to all the sites and most of the contractors have confirmed that they will be ready by May and June 2014. What that means is that it will afford us the time to test-run all the facilities with the Cross River State AFN Athletic Championship.”
Describing the facilities tour as a routine, Imoke , who assured that the state was more than ready to host the national games in November, said his administration would ensure that everything was in place not later than August.
According to him, “We will also ensure that everything else that is needed to be completed will be in place not later than August. So we should be able to make the facilities available thereafter for training and for use leading up to the National Sport Festival in November.”
On the state’s readiness, Governor Imoke expressed optimism that, “Cross River State is always ready because we do not take on things that we are not ready for. So we are always ready.”
At the U.J. Esuene Stadium, one of the venues for the games inspected by the governor, grasses were seen being laid by the workers. Imoke, however, urged that the pace of work at the 2,600-seater multi-purpose indoor hall be intensified.
Among the facilities inspected by the governor, there were concrete assurances by contractors handling different projects that the various deadlines set for the completion of work would be met without fail.
Currently under construction are three lawn tennis courts at the Calabar Tennis Club, which would bring to six the number of courts to be used at the club.
Others are two volleyball and handball courts; a hockey pitch, two Olympic standard swimming pools and a basketball court.
With less than eight