No fewer than 7,000 primary and secondary schools pupils are expected to showcase their talents in various sports in the first edition of the Akwa Ibom State Youth Sports Festival.
The draw ceremony for the Sports Festival will hold today at the Civil Service Auditorium in Uyo and will be presided over by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The sport fiesta, which is the first of its kind in the country, involves students in primary and secondary schools in 25 sports and has attracted over 6000 entries from the 31 Local Government Councils of the State.
At a press conference jointly addressed by the Commissioners of Sports, Information and Education, Sir Monday Uko was full of appreciation for Governor Udom for “this opportunity given to the youths of Akwa Ibom to bring their latent talent to the fore”The youth and sports commissioner disclosed that immediately after the Brazil Olympics in Rio 2016, His Excellency voiced his displeasure over Nigeria’s inability to do well on global stage and attributed same to the neglect of sports at the grass roots, especially schools.
The commissioners regretted the disappearance of traditional games masters and games mistresses in schools which impacts negatively on the sports interests of the students and inter house sports in schools.
“…..In our days inter house sports was something to look out for. Today only private schools have sustained the legacy and it is not right. A vacuum has been created between stars of old and the present generation and we must do everything possible to bridge that gap through this Youth Sports Festival”
The media parley also saw the launching of the Festival Torch on its way to the 31 local Governments and will arrive Uyo on Wednesday March 22, date for the opening ceremony.