Emem is MVP, as Ikot Ekpene wins Mobil Schools Sports
AKWA Ibom International Stadium on Saturday was in a festive mood as students from across the state gathered at the magnificent arena to savour the end of the week long 14th AKS/NNPC/MPN Schools Athletics Championships.
Aside students, top government functionaries, who love sports, including Governor Godswill Akpabio, were at the arena to watch the best of schools track and field, especially the display of Emem Peter Ekwo of Modern Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Ekpene, who emerged the best athlete of the day winning the girls’ 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres races.
Emem also anchored her school relay team to win bronze in the 100 and 400 metres relay races, carting home a personal cash prize of N115, 000.
Her windfall increased after a delighted Governor Akpabio impressed by the promising display of the students rewarded them with cash incentives. Each of the 500 students got N 5,000 cash, while an extra N5,000 was donated to each of the 72 medal winners.
Miss Ekwo’s feat contributed in helping Ikot Ekpene Zone to win this year’s competition with nine gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.
Uyo Zone followed closely with eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals, while Eket Zone emerged third best with four gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.
Best Male athlete was David Jeremiah Uko of Tp Faith College Essien Udim, who won gold in the Long Jump and High Jump.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of a gold plated plaque to the Governor by the students for the “provision of a world class sporting edifice that will help improve the sporting aspirations of the Akwa Ibom Child in particular and the Nigerian youth in General.”
Elated, Governor Akpabio thanked the students for the gesture and rewarded them with cash prizes while urging them to aim at the skies.
National Athletics coach Gabriel Okon, who was present to monitor the championship, poured encomiums on Emem, predicting that she will go places if well nurtured.
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