By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—MR Mike Afenfia, the Speech Writer to Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, met with physically challenged athletes in the state to mark the 21st anniversary of the state creation.
Afenfia, who is also the Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, said that the meeting with those he referred to as “special” was to celebrate them for making the state proud in sporting events both within and outside Nigeria.
Speaking at the meeting held at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Afenfia said he was impressed by the laurels won by the athletes for the state.
“You are worthy ambassadors of your state and the country,” Afenfia said.
He also called on the people of the state to have a positive perspective about Bayelsa and assist the current administration in changing the narratives, noting that despite the challenges faced by the athletes, “They remained resolute in their performance to show the world that good things come from the state. That is what makes me proud that I am a Bayelsan.”
In their separate remarks, officials of the physically challenged athletes commended the governor’s aide over his gesture and show of love towards the athletes and officials.
The Head Coach of the physically challenged athletes In Bayelsa State, Mr. Anthony Damiete thanked Afenfia for celebrating with them, noting that this will indeed spur them to make Bayelsa proud once more in swimming, short-put, table-tennis, basketball and weightlifting among others nationally and internationally.
Anthony called on the athletes never to feel disadvantaged because they have the capacity to make themselves and the state proud.
Speaking also, Mr. Andrew Lucky, a visually impaired coach, who for over six years was a national track and field champion, commended the aide to the governor, adding that he was impressed by his gesture and disposition to encouraging state athletes in the state.