Akwa Ibom A Model In Sports Devt –Dalung
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has described Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, as a Model in Sports development based on his near impeccable sports development programmes in the state which have contributed in promoting, upholding, sustaining and protecting the image of Nigeria in the sports sector.
Dalung stated this recently at Abuja, during the presentation of the 3 Diamond National Sports Award 2017, to Governor Udom Emmanuel in the conference hall of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports headquarters.
The Minister who described Akwa Ibom state as a model in sports development in Nigeria, commended the steady and sterling strides of Governor Emmanuel in Sports, which had made the state a proud recipient of the 3 Diamond National Sports Summit Awards 2017, which included: the state with the Most Comprehensive Sport Development Programme in Nigeria 2017; the state with the Best Sports Infrastructure in Nigeria 2017; as well as State with the Most Patriotic Sports Supporters in Nigeria.
Making the presentation on behalf of the Sports Minister, the Director Planning, Research and Information of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Hawa Kulu Akinyemi stated that the awards are in recognition of the very focused and result oriented sports development programme of Akwa Ibom state which are visible in the good results the state is getting in National competitions in Nigeria.
The Sports Minister, who described the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium as the way to go in sports facilities, said the support, hospitality, goodwill and kind gesture of Akwa Ibom people made the National team see Uyo as their real home and thanked the State Government for providing the stadium to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their World Cup qualifiers towards Russia 2018.
Receiving the Awards, the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, expressed appreciation to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sport and indeed the Organizers of the National Sports Awards 2017 for the honour done the State and reiterated his commitment towards the actualization of Sports development programme in the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, intimated the audience that Akwa Ibom State in building another world class Sports Stadium with artificial Turf and is also building 10 new Sport Centers in all the 10 Federal constituencies in the state, two of which are completed.
Charles Udoh said the emergence of Akwa United FC as last year’s Champions of the Aiteo Cup as well as Ibom Angels as Runners up in the Female event of the Federation Cup 2017, did not by accident, but through the implementation of a well planned and focused Sport development programme by the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led government and commended the Sports Minister for supporting Governor Emmanuel’s sports development programme.
The award presentation ceremony was attended by all the Directors in the Federation Ministry of Sports, representatives of some Sports Federations, Sport Stakeholders, the Media community and a cross section of the public.
Winners of the Nigeria sports summit awards were arrived at through voting by sports Journalists, Sports administrators as well as the general public.