RSG Restates Commitment To Sports, Youth Dev

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An action between South African Women team and their Swedish counterparts in a previous tournament

Rivers State government has once again restated its resolve to ensure that the youth are given the platform to wean, explore and benefit from their talents, especially, in sports by investing in sports infrastructural development.
The Executive Governor of the State, Chief Nyesom Wike, gave the assurance on Monday when the newly elected President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Mr. Honour Sirawoo and his National Executive Committee, NEC members paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike, while responding to the speech of the SWAN President said that his administration believes in the invaluable role sports play in the development of the people and its potential to offer opportunities to the youth.
“That is why his administration is prepared to ensure that the plethora of infrastructure in the state, most of which were in poor state are refurbished, maintained properly and put to use by people of the State and beyond,” he said.
He pointed out that it was with such conviction that government is using the opportunity of the forthcoming Nigeria Bar Association’s Convention in Port Harcourt to implement the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Alfred Diette Spiff Sports Complex.
He assured Mr. Sirawoo of the state government’s support to ensure that his presidency and the association succeed, while stating the state’s willingness to partner SWAN in programmes and efforts that would move sports forward in the country.
“Your Presidency is a Rivers project and we are prepared to support you”, said the Governor.
Earlier, the SWAN President had told the governor that it was the first time in the 52-year history of the association that the Presidency would be coming to the whole of the old Eastern region.
“The overwhelming decision to thrust the leadership of the association to a Rivers man this time is certainly not unconnected to the interest and role Your Excellency has been playing in the Sports sector in the country and noticeable promotional and developmental strides in the state since the coming of your administration”, Sirawoo told the Governor.
He promised to represent Rivers State well and ensure that the association is taken to the next level under his watch.