Delta State Governor Showers Encomiums On Sports Minister

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.

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The Governor of Delta State and chief host of the 21st National Sports Festival, Ifeanyi Okowa has showered encomiums on the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare, for his commitment to sports development in Nigeria.

Speaking in Asaba, Delta State at the unveiling of the mascot and logo of the National Sports Festival, tagged Delta 2022, Governor Okowa also congratulated him for the giant strides made for the country.

“I must truly thank the Honourable Minister for the way he is taking sports development in this nation. He has brought a high level of commitment to sports development in Nigeria yet he remains so humble in his approach,” Okowa said.

Sports Minister Sunday Dare at the unveiling of the mascot and logo of the 2022 National Sports Festival in Asaba, Delta State.

“I believe that is the reason why some of us are very much encouraged to work with him to see what best can be done for Nigeria. We notice the work he is doing and are proud of him in this respect,” Okowa added.

Governor Okowa also revealed that the Sports Minister is one of the major reasons Delta State never hesitates to support Nigerian athletes and sports generally anytime the Ministry comes calling.

In his address much earlier, the Sports Minister Sunday Dare thanked Governor Okowa for always being there for Nigerian sportsmen and women, praising him for his commitment to sports development in an era where most of his colleagues still regard sports as mere recreation or “play, play”.

“You stand head and shoulders high among your peers when it comes to your courage and commitment in this area. And we know for sure that you will bring all these to bear in the execution of the 21st National Sports Festival in November 2022,” Dare said.

Over Sixteen thousand (16,000) athletes from across Nigeria will converge in Delta State to compete for medals in forty (40) sporting events from November 2nd – 15th, 2022.

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