BY OJIEVA EHIOSUN
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has promised a handsome reward for any athlete of the state who distinguishes himself or herself by winning gold medals at the ongoing National Youth Games in Abuja.
The governor who was represented by the State’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Edozie Okey Aroh, while addressing the Team Anambra contingent, stated that Anambra state has enough reservoir of athletes capable of making the state proud both at local and International competitions.
He hinted that the governor is elated with the improvement and successes recorded by the state sports team in recent times especially at the last edition of the National School Sports Festivals held in Kwara state, adding that any athlete who gets a gold medal will get immediate cash award.
“I want to categorically say that His Excellency, Governor Peter Obi, is very happy with Anambra State sports fraternity for the achievement this far, and he has asked me to tell you that his government will continue to bank roll sporting activities in the state, and that handsome reward awaits any athlete who is able to prove himself or herself at the ongoing National Youth Games (NYG),” he said.
Continuing the commissioner said, “You will agree with me that sports in Anambra state has improved tremendously, our sports men and women have not lacked anything when it comes to participating in championships, and that has helped us to improve more in the areas we have experienced difficulties before.
So we will continue to do our best in other areas to make sure that we surpass our past records. So I want to charge all our participants to fight hard to make the state proud as a sign of gratitude to the governor for his support and contributions to the overall development of sports in the state.
The government has played its part by providing the the plat form, it is up to you the athletes and the coaches to reciprocate. All we want is medals,” he said The commissioner aver-red that the state government spent well over N30m as a thank you and welcome gift to athletes in the last quarter of this year.
“We have so far spent more than N30m on our various athletes for doing the state prove. This is an indication that the governor is concerned with the activities of sports in the state therefore you must keep the flag up there,” he stressed.