Rivers State Government has expressed commitment to partner Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Rivers State chapter towards development of school sports in the state.
The Special Adviser (SA) to the State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, on school Sports, Aribitonye Okiri stated that it is important to partner SWAN to achieve the desired results.
Okiri, said this at the weekend in a media parley with members of the association at the Ernest Ikoli Press Center, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
He explained that government is poised to bring back school sports as it was in 1970s, saying that sports create wealth.
“ School sports is dead in our schools. I want to say that SWAN has important role to play in terms of sports development”, Okiri said.
According to him, the state government has the youth at heart as to redirect them to sporting activities, adding that the focus is not going to be football only.
“ With sports activities in our school, crime and poverty rate will be drastically reduced in our society. We can use the power of sports to create wealth”, he said.
The Special Assistant, noted that there are a lot of talents at the rural areas that are begging for help, but with SWAN partnership hidden talents would be exposed to limelight.
He disclosed that his office would draw up a time table for school sports, so that there would be competitions to discover hidden talents. He used the medium to appeal to well meaning individuals, cooperate bodies and multi-nationals to support the government to sponsor sporting activities in the state. .
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Enyimba, Families Pay N2.5m To Release Ojo, Iluyomade
Sunshine Stars Captain, Abe Sunday, has disclosed that a sum of N2.5m was paid to the kidnappers before the duo, Dayo Ojo of Eyimba FC and Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets were released.
Dayo Ojo and Benjamin Iluyomade were abducted last Sunday along the Benin-Owo expressway as they journeyed to Akure following the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League amid concerns over the global pandemic, Covid 19, but were later released four days later.
Abe, who played with both players at Sunshine Stars told journalists in Akure that the money was delivered to the kidnappers after serious negotiation.
The Sunshine captain said the decision of the kidnappers to meet with them and collect the money proved they have backing of high ranked citizens.
“They called us around after 4pm last Wednesday that we should come with the money, at times they asked me to send them recharge card. We tried to speak with them on the financial state of the country.
“We negotiated from N100m to N20m before they finally agreed on N2.5 million. Those people have back up in the Army and the Police. They never asked us to drop the money inside the bush, they met with us one on one.
“They asked me to bring the money before they released them, so I don’t know where police rescued them because I don’t like ‘fake news’ we reached Akure around 1am last Thursday.
“But the most important thing is that both of them are alive and are back with their families,” he said.
Plateau United Keeper Donates Cash To Fans
Plateau United goalkeeper, Chinedu Anozie has donated the sum of Twenty thousand naira (N20,000) to his fans to help in this difficult time.
The young goalkeeper gave out the sum of five thousand naira each to four followers to help them get something to eat amid the lockdown in Nigeria due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The ex-Abia Warriors and FC Ifeanyi Ubah has now joined Odion Ighalo and other celebrities who have helped their social media followers in this difficult time.
Anozie is enjoying a good season with Plateau United in the 2019/2020 Nigeria professional football league season and has helped them to the top of the table.
Anozie has kept ten clean sheets in the league this season, most by any goalkeepers in the league.
George Buried Amid Tears In Lagos
Rangers International of Enugu forward Ifeanyi George was finally buried last Saturday.
The remains of the late attacker were to rest at the Atan cemetery in Yaba, Lagos State, with few family and friends, present due to the global pandemic.
It would be recalled that the 26 years old lost his life after he was involved in a fatal accident while on his way to Lagos last week Sunday.
The accident occurred in Delta State and two other players in the vehicle also died along with him.
Ifeanyi George won the Nigerian professional football league title with Enyimba International of Aba and also part of the Rangers team that came back from three goals down to beat Kano Pillars in an epic Nigeria ‘s Federation cup back in 2017.
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