- Dep Gov adopts Nigerian athlete
Minister of youth and sports Development Sunday Dare has endorsed Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium ready for the next edition of National Sports Festival that is bid to kickoff 20th March, 2020 in Benin City, Edo State
The minister said: “I am impressed with what I have seen here at the Samuel Ogbemudia Sports Complex, it shows clearly that there has been consistent work going on here.
“There has been commitment on the part of his excellency and also the deputy governor to make sure that this place is finished in record time.
“I have seen progress and I can say this stadium is about 85% or 90% ready for the National Sports Festival.”
The governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki also reassured that the stadium will be completely ready by first week of March.
The last edition of National Sports Festival took place in Abuja, where Delta State emerged as the overall winner.
Meanwhile, Edo State deputy governor Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu, has adopted Nigerian athlete Nwokocha Nzubechi with the payment of $10,000 as part of preparations to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The amount was paid directly into the account of the adopted athlete. Nwokocha Nzubechi, who confirmed receipt of the payment to former Olympic medallist and Special Adviser on Sports to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Amb. Mary Onyali.
Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu, a known lover of Sports, was part of players who gained promotion to the elite league with Bendel Insurance and is presently a registered player of Bendel Insurance in the second tier league.
Nwokocha Nzubechi who was born the 7th of April, 2001, hails from Abia state and is a student of the University of Port Harcourt. She represented Nigeria in Athletics 100m in 2009 and will be part of team Nigeria to the 2020 Olympics.