By Dennis Udoma, Uyo
The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State and the Hon Minister of Youth and sports Mr Solomon Dalung believe that the future of our sports lie in grassroots development.
Yesterday at the magnificent Godswill Akpabio International Stadium over 20,000 students were present to watch the commencement of the first ever Akwa Ibom State Youth Festival declared Open by the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State Mr Udom Emmanuel with the sports Minister as Special Guest of Honour.
Governor Udom charged the students to see the competition as a common spring board to fame and a brighter future, while the sports minister commended the Akwa Ibom State Government for leading other states of the Federation in what will determine the future sports fame of the country.
“Saying it is only investment in the youth that will make him miss a top flight match in London involving the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Minister promised to do everything in his power to help Akwa Ibom sustain “ this laudable and far reaching project”
Governor Udom Emmanuel in his speech , said by exposing the students to the best sporting facilities at an early age, his administration was giving them wings to soar to greater heights.
This, Mr. Emmanuel, said gave rise to his establishment of sporting centres in each of the ten Federal constituencies of the State, of which one has been completed in Itu and another nearing completion in Eket federal constituency.