International Badminton players have praised Port Harcourt for the successful hosting of the All African Senior Badminton Championship, saying that the tournament has raised the level of the sport on the continent.
The players praised the peaceful atmosphere of Port Harcourt which contributed to the successful hosting of the Badminton tournament.
Linda Mazril from Algeria said that she enjoyed her stay in Port Harcourt as the competition was splendid in all ramifications .
A Mauritius Badminton player, Kate Foo Kume noted though that they had initial challenges adapting to the food and weather, the All African Senior Badminton Championship hosted by Port Harcourt was outstanding.
She said that Port Harcourt is a City that they would want to visit again because of the hospitality and security of the state
Captain of Nigerian Badminton Team, Ene Joe Aba said though other countries came with their best, Nigeria emerged victorious because of the preparation and support of the Rivers State Governor.
Another player of Team Nigeria, Peace Orji expressed happiness with the All African Senior Badminton Championship in Port Harcourt, saying that the tournament has lifted the standard of the game.
Also, Ruth Chinenye Ebere of Team Nigeria described the tournament as a dream come true for the sport. He said that the Championship has improved the standard of her game.
”My dream has been fulfilled by that tournament. This tournament is a dream come true. My game has been turned around”, she said.
Secretary General of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Austin Balewa said it was the first time the country was hosting the tournament after 19 years. He said that the Championship has improved several aspects of the game.
President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo said that the contributions of Governor Wike to sports development have been acknowledged worldwide, especially by sports writers.
Governor Wike thanked the Badminton Confederation Africa for bringing the tournament to Rivers State as it has placed the state on the global map.
He assured that he would continue to support the growth of Badminton and other sports.
Meanwhile, the governor at the Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex, Port Harcourt pledged to dole out the sum of $100,000 to Team Nigeria at the 2019 All Africa Senior Badminton Championships.
It was at the closing ceremony of the Championship powered by the Rivers State government which served off on the 22nd of last month in Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Wike noted with delight the achievement of the players and the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, BFN at the Championship. According to him, the players have done not only Rivers State proud but Nigeria as a whole.
AFRD: Fubara To Launch 2024 Emblem Appeal Fund, ’Morrow
The Rivers State Government has announced the launch of the Emblem Appeal Fund in commemoration of the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) in the state.
A terse statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, last Friday, said that the event would take place on Tuesday, November 28, at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt by 11am.
The State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour.
In the statement, the government invited members of the Nigerian Legion, military, police, para-military, traditional rulers, captains of industry, multi-national organisations, government officials and the general public to the event, urging them to attend the programme in the interest of the state.
The statement read in full: “The Government of Rivers State is pleased to invite members of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command, the Military, the Nigeria Police, the Para-Military, Traditional Rulers, Captains of industries and multi-national organizations, Government Officials and the General public to the Emblem Appeal Fund Launching in commemoration of the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in the State”.
“Please, invited guests are requested to be seated by 10:30 am as we come to celebrate and support the veterans and their families”, the statement concluded.
Fubara, Obi Cubana Visit, Condole Oborevwori On Mother-In-Law’s Demise …Congratulate Delta Gov On Appeal Court Victory
Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, last Friday visited his Delta State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, in his country home in Osubi, Okpe Local Government Area to condole with him on the passing of his mother-in-law.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor of Rivers State, Boniface Onyedi, in Government House, Port Harcourt, last Friday.
Fubara eulogised the virtues of the late Mama Agnes Avwenyotoma Tager, whom he described as a woman of virtue and substance, whose demise has come at a time her services were most needed as the mother of the state.
He urged the Delta governor and his wife, Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori, to take solace in the good life their late mother lived.
The Rivers governor also used the occasion to congratulate Oborevwori on his resounding victory at the Appeal Court which confirmed his electoral victory.
Also in Osubi with Fubara to condole Oborevwori, was popular business tycoon and socialite, Obi Cubana.
Fubara Pledges To Support, Collaborate With NDDC
The Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has promised to collaborate and support the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in its efforts to fast-track the development of the Niger Delta region.
Fubara spoke at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, during a courtesy visit by members of the NDDC Governing Board, led by the Chairman, Mr. Chiedu Ebie.
The NDDC team included the Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku; Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Alabo Boma Iyaye; Executive Director, Projects, Sir Victor Antai; Executive Director, Corporate Services, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, other members of the Board and directors of the commission.
Fubara said: “I am very happy that you have done the right thing by paying this courtesy visit. I assure you that we are ready to collaborate with all Federal Government agencies committed to the development of the Niger Delta region.
“The speech of the Chairman, Mr. Ebie, shows that NDDC has already identified more than 90 per cent of the problems facing the region and is ready to solve them.”
The governor said that the Rivers State Government would support the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to bring hope to the people of the State and Niger Delta region.
He pledged: “We are going to support you to enable you discharge your duties and I pray that your tenure will record more successes than the previous boards.”
Responding to the issue of duplication of projects as highlighted by the NDDC chairman, the governor advised the commission to avoid cases of duplication of projects, stating that it was very necessary to consult the states before embarking on projects in their respective territories.
He said that by identifying the problem, the NDDC had shown that it was ready to address the challenge, which according to him, had often caused some frictions between the states and the commission.
Fubara assured the NDDC Board members that his government was open to partnership and collaboration in the execution of projects.
He urged the commission to embark on projects that would add value to the lives of the people of the region.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the NDDC Governing Board, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, thanked the Rivers State Government for hosting the Commission since its inception in 2000.
He said: “The NDDC Board was inaugurated on November 16. As our host governor, we thought it wise to pay you this courtesy visit before holding our inaugural meeting.
“We need to create a new life in the NDDC and collaborate more with development partners, including the state governments and other stakeholders in the region to achieve our objectives. I know that we have had problems with duplication of projects.
“Henceforth, representatives of the states in the NDDC Board must be in constant touch with their state governments and ensure that projects are based on needs assessment.”
The NDDC chairman assured the governor that the new Board would work in synergy with governors in the nine states covered by the commission.
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