Delta Governor Okowa inaugurates 17-man LOC for 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships
Still basking in the euphoria of successfully hosting the sixth Delta State Sports Festival, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday inaugurated a 17-man Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships with Chief Solomon Ogba as Chairman.
Other members of the committee are Chief Tonobok Okowa, Mrs. Hauwa Akinyemi, Chief Clement Ofuani, Commodore Omatseye Neisama, Mr. Kayode Thomas, Mrs. Nneka Anibeze, Mr. Chris Anazieh, Mr. Victor Onogagmue, Mr. Olumibe Bamiduro and Prof. Ken Anugweje.
Also in the LOC are Mrs. Queen Uboh, Mr. Yusuf Alli, Mr. Seigha Porbeni, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya, a representative of Nilayo Sports Marketing Company and Mr. Akawo Amaechi, who will serve as secretary to the committee.
Inaugurating the committee in Asaba, the Governor described sports as a unifying factor, especially among the youths as it engages their energy, ensures peace among them and boosts tourism.
At the sports festival, which the 25 local government areas of the state participated in, Warri North local government area clinched the first position, with Oshimili South following closely, while Ukwuani local government area took the third position,
“Delta State is the home of sports… we just concluded the Sixth Delta State Sports Festival a few days ago and the final of the Principal’s Cup is coming up soon. Sports is one thing that can unite the people, it engages the youths who will win laurels for the state and the nation and bring peace to the state,” he said.
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring a successful hosting of the championship, saying, “the inauguration of the LOC is to ensure early planning and preparation for the championship”.
While congratulating the members of the LOC on their appointment, Senator Okowa said, “we are on course to host a successful championship as the LOC has experienced and seasoned sports administrators to organise the competition.”
Responding on behalf of members of the committee, Ogba explained that the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships would bring world class African athletes to the state, adding that the championship will serve as a basis for the selection of African athletes for the world championship.