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Federal Government Appoints John Mikel Obi Youth Ambassador

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.

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The Federal Government  of Nigeria has appointed former Super Eagles skipper John Mikel  Obi  as Youth Ambassador to inspire young  Nigerians to strive  for excellence.

The event which took place at  the NOC secretariat, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Friday is another of the  Minister’s initiative geared towards driving a vibrant youth for national development.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of  Youth and Sports  Development Sunday Dare described the former Chelsea legend as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have positive impact on youths in the country.

The Minister promised to support Mikel’s vision and vision for sports development in the country and assured the Stoke City midfielder of the Federal Government’s support whenever he choses to invest in the country.

“Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the  lives of youth positively,” Dare said.

“It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians.” 

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare (L) with John Mikel Obi (R)

In his response, Mikel expressed delight with his new portfolio and promised to work with the Sports Ministry to foster youth development in the country.

“I feel highly honored to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling,” Mikel said.

“I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among others.”

The event was  followed by a  tour of the National stadium,  Surulere which is under going rehabilitation.

The Minister stated that alot of efforts had been put into the rehabilitation of the stadium with much emphasis on the pitch, scoreboard, tantran tracks and  the spectators’ stand.  He stressed that the  Ministry had also partnered with a private organization to change the seats  of the 45, 000 capacity Stadium  to a standard one

“A lot has been put in place to ensure that  the stadium returns to what it used to be. The seats are no longer in line with FIFA standard, but we have partnered a private organization to have modern seats in place,”  Dare added.

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