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Soludo woos wealthy individuals to key into sports development in Anambra

Soludo woos wealthy individuals to key into sports development in Anambra

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has challenged wealthy indigenes of the state to support the government’s efforts in the development of sports for greater impact.

Governor Soludo also tasked the Anambra State Sports Development Commission to engage in programmes to woo wealthy individuals in the state to boost the sector.

“We want to produce more Olympians again, such as Mary Onyali-Omogbemi, Innocent Egbunike, Beatrice Utondu and others,” he said.

The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Ernest Ezeajugh, at the 2024 edition of the Anambra State School Sports Festival pre-competition briefing in Awka, acknowledged the abundance of sports talents in the state to achieve such a fate again.

“My administration is resolute in bringing out the best in our children through sports, taking them out of the streets and keeping yourself busy away from crimes.

“This will also help to channel your minds to meaningful ventures to enable you to contribute to sports development while pursuing your education career. The sky is your limit; engage in active sports to unlock your talents,” he said.

Acknowledging the enormous benefits of the previous editions of the sports festival, the governor called on relevant stakeholders to key into sports projects in the state to achieve better results.

“They can sponsor a child, build a pitch for sports engagements in their communities. My administration is doing its best for the betterment of our tomorrow,” he added.

Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Development, Patrick Agha-Mba, said the sports festival had reinvented talent hunts and showcased the state to the outside world.

He commended the efforts of the Governor and the Chairman of the State Sports Development Commission, Patrick Onyedum for keeping the flag flying in sports development.

Earlier, Onyedum, described the Anambra State Sports Solution Initiative (ANSSI), as the vehicle with which Soludo is revolutionising sports in the state.

According to him, within two years of his administration, the glory of Anambra sports is returning at an encouraging speed.

He said about 600 primary and secondary schools registered and participated in the sports festival last year, which had been yielding fruitful results.

He added that about 756 primary and secondary schools had indicated interest in participating in this year’s edition of the festival, adding that as the preparation for this year’s National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta State had started, the young and raw talents that will be discovered from the festival will constitute up to 85% of Anambra team to the Games.