By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU—CHAIRMAN, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Enugu State Chapter, Mr Prince Cornelius Nnaji, has disclosed that the association is committed to the ongoing state boxing talent hunt to increase grassroots talent hunt in the state.
He said ALGON Enugu chapter will partner with the boxing talent hunt that is bearing the name of the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, to achieve success.
He said: “It is good for us to divert to another sports and not only depending on football and from there, we can get the future in case of tomorrow so that we can have our say in boxing both locally and internationally.
“There is every need for ALGON to support every exercise that is beneficial to the state.The boxing talent hunt has been in existence and it is being done in the name of speakers.”
“NULGE is solidly in support of the exercise because our children need such human capacity building.
“It is not that this exercise started with the current speaker, Chief Edward Ubosi regime but the organizers took another dimension and that is an improvement from what it used to be in years back,” he said.
Nnaji who addressed newsmen in Enugu lauded the organizers for taking the exercise to secondary schools both in the urban and rural areas to maintain a pure grassroots talent hunt.
Nnaji who is also the Enugu East Local Government Council chairman said that boxing is progressing in the country but noted that much still needed to be done in order to get it right.
“If sports is not in progress in the country the talent hunt would not have come up and beside this is a means of discovering talent that will replace the aged ones when they are gone,” Nnaji pointed out.
He urged other state to be partners in grassroots sports development to ensure that sports did not die in this country.
“Enugu has taken to boxing talent hunt and more will follow soon, so if other states can venture into another sports talent hunts what else remains,” he queried.
“We learn from other people and that is what Enugu did and I believe in learning and sharing ideas with others.
The chairman said that the reason for the state competition is to expose the selected boxers so that from there, they will get to the national and then to international level.
Nnaji said that the state will continue to improve on the organization of the boxing talent hunt in terms of creating favourable environment and incentives for discovering and discovered talents.
“The ongoing talent hunt is under scrutiny to ensure the state raised boxers that will represent the country in the forthcoming Olympic in Japan, tagged ‘’Tokyo 2010,” the chairman said.