Rivers Sports Council ends 51-year wait for permanent site
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has approved the relocation of the State Sports Council to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex, Igwuruta-Ali as its permanent site.
The state’s Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, who disclosed this in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said the approval for the relocation of the Council to a permanent site after its 51 years of existence signaled a new dawn in sports promotion and development in Rivers State.
Established by Edict No. 4 of 1969 as amended in 1972, the Rivers State Sports Council had its initial office complex at a bungalow owned by then Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA), using the Isaac Boro Park and the Port Harcourt Club Fields for training and local competitions.
The Council later transited to the Hotel Olympia, Old Rivers State House of Assembly, Alfred Diete-Spiff Sports Complex (popularly known as The Civic Centre) and currently at the Basketball Hostel, Port Harcourt.
The Sports Commissioner said the transit nature of the Council’s head office adversely affected its effort in preparing for championships and other national, and international competitions.
Iyaye expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for relocating the council to the Sports Complex, which has ample space to accommodate its head office, association offices, equipment store, hostels, camping and training facilities.
He noted that the new development would boost the performance index of the Council, athletes and officials in competitions and Sports promotion.