All is now set for the Second Akwa Ibom State Youth Sports Festival billed for Uyo from March 5 – 10 2018.
The originator of the festival and executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Udom Emmanuel is to preside over an elaborate opening ceremony that will have the Honourable Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung as Special Guest of Honour among other distinguished invited guests.
The Festival Torch which started the rounds of all the 31 Participating Local Governments in the State was received in Onna yesterday by Council chairman Imo Atat.
The Council boss said he was delighted to be part of a festival that has already broken all the records in terms of grass root sports development and the discovery of talents.
He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for putting the festival in place and promised that “. . .Onna Local Government will shock others this year”.
He was in the company of his Local Organizing Committee members.
The Draw Ceremony that will officially herald the “hostilities” will be held at the Civil Service auditorium on Thursday, March 1 2018.
State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Sir Monday Ebong Uko told the media in Uyo that this year’s festival will definitely be an improvement “. . .on the fantastic event we had last year. This year, His Excellency has approved cash awards to the leading Local Governments who stand to cart home N10m, N5m and N2m respectively to help develop sports infrastructure in their local government councils” He said.