Festival Torch Arrived Yenagoa As Bayelsa Govt expresses Readiness For the Fiesta.
By Hananeel Jackson
The Torch of Unity for the 20th National Sports festival has arrived in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State.
Receiving the Torch at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, Governor Douyi Diri noted that the National Sports Festival offers an avenue for unity among states.
The Bayelsa Governor who was represented at the event by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo explained that the fiesta which serves as a means of national integration, also offers an avenue to discover talents.
He commended the minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare on the adopt an athlete initiative, stating that this would offer athletes the opportunity to excel.
While emphasizing the State’s readiness to actively participate in the 20th National Sports Festival, he stressed the need for sports administrators to focus on areas of comparative advantage and promised a handsome reward to athletes that would make the state proud.
Also, Permanent secretary in the State Ministry of Sports Development, Chief Patimidi Tukuru appealed to the government to make provision for the camping of athletes to enable them prepare adequately and actualize the target of clinching the first position in the forthcoming fiesta.
On his part, Director of Sports Bayelsa State sports council Mr.Souye Lokoja expressed gratitude to the state government for the prompt attention and support given to Team Bayelsa.
The National Sports Festival is scheduled to hold from 20th to 30th of this month in Benin City Edo State.