Those seeking to establish secondary schools in Delta State must make provision for sports fields and sporting facilities before they can get approval to function.
This is the directive handed down by Governor ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state Saturday, 20/5/2017 at the finals of the principals Cup football competition in which Master-Care international School, Asaba earned a 2-1 victory over Idjerhe Grammar School, Idjerhe to lift the coveted trophy of the tournament.
At the event that held in the 14,000 capacity stadium of Ozoro Polytechnic, Ozoro, the Governor said
his administration wants the Delta State to constantly maintain its leading role in sporting activities and that would be achieved through grooming future champions from the primary school levels.
“I believe that we have all had fun this afternoon, this is a dream come true, I believe that we will continue in this stead so that the energy of our youths will be used for gainful ventures,” the Governor said, emphasizing, “any school that is applying as a new secondary school must have sports facilities, without that, there will be no registration, because, we have seen some schools tucked into a little space without consideration for sports facilities.”
He expressed joy at the excitement that trailed “the edition of the Principals’ Cup in the state coming after several years; the quality of football we witnessed this afternoon is something we will talk about for a long time to come.”
“We are looking forward to the school sports competitions like we used to have in General Ogbemudia’s administration in the old Bendel State; I want to urge our Principals to take it as a must to annually, organise sports competition and our local government chairmen must pay attention to sports development,” he stated, reiterating, “We will continue to develop our sports facilities, we will look at how to organise sporting competitions at primary school levels, our dominance in sporting events will remain for a long time to come because, we will always discover talents through these events.”
The Governor also, urged parents to allow their children the freedom to participate in sporting events because, “they (parents) don’t know what their children will be in the future.”
Meanwhile, Ogbe-Ijaw Grammar School, Ogbe-Ijaw took the third place in the tournament which all the local government areas of the state had schools participating in.
President of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick and Nigeria’s professional footballers in the likes of Henry Nwosu, Victor Ikpeba, Victor Agali, Edema Fuludu, Ndubuisi Okoesieme, Ifeanyi Udeze, among others spiced up the event with their presence, which was also witnessed by traditional rulers.
Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr Peter Amangbo who was represented by Mr Lucky Bade congratulated winners of the championship, assuring that Zenith Bank would sponsor the sporting championship annually and “will always associate with Delta State government to discover future stars.”
Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state, Mr Chiedu Ebie had earlier, thanked Governor Okowa for encouraging sports development in the state, stating that the benefits of encouraging the youths to be involved in sporting events are enormous.