Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke has reiterated his commitment to the development of sports to ensure that the state reclaim its place among the most endowed states in the country.
Declaring the second Primary and Secondary School’s athletics competition, under the Cross River State Comprehensive Sports Development programme in Calabar yesterday, Governor Imoke said, “The Comprehensive Sports Development Programme was created to revolutionize sports and make it an integral part of the state’s development agenda with the specific mission to carter for the interest of the youths.”
He recalled that the programme has been in existence for two years but he felt encouraged by the modest achievements recorded ever since.
“Aside the specific milestones being recorded within the programme itself, as evident by the last outing of the Cross River State contingent to the National School Sports Festival in Kano, where we dramatically rose from the position of obscurity to the prominence of the 6th position on the National Medal Table, there is a general rise in sports consciousness in the entire State.”
The governor stated that with the organization of the second edition of the programme, the state was in a position to take care of the already identified athletes at various zonal centres. He implored stake holders – Local Government Chairmen, Corporate organizations and all public spirited persons, to appreciate the place of sports in the government’s development agenda, and to offer support in the development of the upcoming ones.