How Delta State Committed N1.9b To Host Best Games In Africa


The Chairman of the LOC  of the African Athletics Championship slated for Asaba,  Chief Solomon Ogba has  briefed the Minister on how far the LOC has gone in its preparations. Ogba revealed,”the state government has released N1.9b because we want to host the best games in Africa.

“The Governor has given us 10 Marcopolo buses to refurbish. We have concluded arrangements with GAC Motors to give us 100 Protocol vehicles for our top dignitaries. The Governor will sponsor three people heading transport, accommodation and accreditation to the Commonwealth Games to understudy them and see how it’s done.

“We need 820 rooms but we have secured 1200 rooms. We have also set up a technical committee for the competition headed by the Technical committee of the federation to ensure a good outing at the Games”.

Meanwhile, the delivery date for the CAA Games is in February while the Games hold in August 2018.


In the same vein, the Minister of Youth and Sports stated that the  Federal government is committed to hosting and providing  a safe environment for the African Senior Athletics Championship billed for Asaba, Delta state in August next year.

Dalung, made the remark when the Local Organising Committee paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

He said that other arms of security will be involved to compliment efforts of the state government during the games.

“Nigeria is committed to hosting and providing a safe and secure environment to host Africa and the world and we will compliment the efforts of the state government. Delta is a coastal city  and therefore will require more of marine security arrangements. We will engage the Chief of Defence staff for very good complementary support.”

He thanked the Governor of Delta state Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his support to sports development in the country and called on other sports governors to emulate Delta state government.

“We have many Sports Federations and nothing stops each state Government from adopting a sport, federation or games. Delta state assisted us with the National Youth Games. Rivers state will  host the African Wrestling Championship and Bayelsa has also hosted Wrestling in the past.”

Barrister Dalung stated that hosting of the African Athletics Championship in Asaba will change the economic fortunes of the state.

“Economy of Delta and nigeria will not remain the same. We are going to host 54 countries. Tourism will be strengthened and there will be creation of employment for the youths. There will be building of networks of relationships that will be sustainable. The economy of the state and Nigeria will be strengthened through the influx of people and movement of wealth and resources from one place to the other. It may be challenging initially but it will pay to host” Dalung said.




Source:The Nation


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