By Festus Ahon

ASABA—COU-NTDOWN to the commencement of the 21st Africa Senior Athletics Competition taking place in Asaba,  Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday said the state was fully ready to host the competition.


Speaking when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Stephen Keshi Stadium to inspect the extent of work, immediately after his resumption from a two weeks leave, Okowa  said: “The state is ready to host the athletes and visitors for the Asaba 2018 competition.

“We are ready to host the African Senior Athletics Competition. Most of the facilities are ready and by Sunday, a few days from now, all the facilities would be ready for the opening ceremony. I was happy that we had a successful African trial as it showed our preparedness to host the whole of Africa.”

The governor, who was conducted round the facilities by the LOC Chairman, Chief Solomon Ogba,  enjoined Deltans in particular and Nigerians to turn up enmasse to watch  the competition, adding, “As Deltans, we should be proud that we are hosting the whole of Africa, we should be proud and we expect Nigerians to turn up and cheer the athletes.”

Okowa who inspected the drainage project at Summit Road in Asaba, expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of work and assured that Asaba was ready to host a hitch-free championship.

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