- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that sports is a unifying factor that helped to unite Nigerians amind challenges
- The Delta governor said to achieve this, his administration has been investing heavily in sports development
- The governor also noted that sports is one of the ways to calm the voices of anger among the citizenry
Asaba - Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, December 1 said his administration's investment in sports would boost sports tourism and complement the development of the state’s economy.
Okowa made this known when he received the president and National Executive Committee members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) at Government House, Asaba.
He said that the best time to identify talents was in their young ages, and assured that with the numerous sports facilities and competitions in the state, Delta was being developed to become a tourism destination in sports development.
The governor, who was given a 'Special Merit Award' for his high performance in sports development in Nigeria by SWAN on Tuesday, November 30, called on Nigerians to embrace sports as a means of unifying the country.
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“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate you for the honour done to me yesterday and to let you know that I appreciate it. Sometimes when things are done quietly and people recognise it from the outside, it's something that one should appreciate.
“In our country today, the economy has not been buoyant as a nation and that is why we have not been able to do most of the things we wanted to do.
“People just believe that Nigeria is a rich country but we are not exactly so. However, we thank God for the much we are able to do.
“I appreciate you for joining us in the sports meeting yesterday, and for adding to the number of personalities that were there, you helped to report us properly across the nation.”
The governor affirmed that sports was a unifying factor that helped to unite the country even amid its numerous challenges, adding that sports was one of the ways to calm the voices of anger among the citizenry
“Sports obviously is a uniting factor because the more we continue to grow sports the better for us and the better for the unity of this country
“At the moment there are too many voices of anger in our nation and sports will actually help us to lower these voices and the more we seek for these voices of unity the better for us as a nation.”
Delta Entrepreneurship Programmes Vehicle for Poverty Mitigation, Says Okowa
Governor Okowa had earlier said that the entrepreneurship development initiative of his administration in vocational skills was a deliberate effort to mitigate poverty, stamp out youth restiveness and meaningfully engage the unemployed youths in the state in productive ventures.
Okowa made this known on Thursday, September 30 while inaugurating the second cycle of the Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST) programme at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North local government area of the state.
He said that his administration had always believed that the solution to the current unemployment quagmire in the state was through entrepreneurship development, which would also help in curbing youth restiveness.
Delta State to Partner Manufacturers on Entrepreneurship Development
Meanwhile, Delta state government on Wednesday, September 15 expressed readiness to partner with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in developing youths in the state with skills and entrepreneurship development.
Governor Okowa stated his government’s intention when he received on a courtesy visit, the executive members of Edo/Delta chapter of the association at Government House, Asaba.
He commended the group for its contributions to the economic development of the state and assured them that his administration would partner MAN to train youths in the state on relevant skills.