RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT BOOSTS MORALE OF STATE’S FOOTBALL CLUBS.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on February 12, 2021
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the State Government would provide all the necessary support needed by Rivers United Football Club and Rivers Angels Football Club to win laurels for the state.
Governor Wike stated this during the presentation of vehicles to the two state owned Football Clubs at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The vehicles included One Yutong Luxury Bus for Rivers United Football Club, One Coaster Bus for Rivers Angels Football Club, One Ambulance each to the two football clubs and two Toyota Hillux for the technical teams of the two clubs.
Governor Wike also promised to provide another Yutong Luxurious Bus to Rivers Angels Football Club and a Coaster Bus to the Supporters Club to facilitate their movement.
He lauded the State Commissioner for Sports and his team for their efforts in promoting sports in the state, urging them to sustain the tempo by ensuring that they use sports as a catalyst for development in the state and nation at large.
The Governor assured the two football teams of government continued support as a means of motivation, saying henceforth, the sum of ten Million Naira bonus awaits any of the teams that wins an away match.
He also promised them a mouthwatering reward if they win the CAF Championship at the end of the season.
In his speech, the State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye who described the Yutong Luxurious Bus for the Rivers United Football Club as first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa, urged the players to reciprocate the gesture of the State Governor by winning laurels for the state.
Also speaking, the President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Honour Sirawoo said the Governor’s commitment to sports development was as a result of his understanding of the power of sports in national development, peace and unity and urged him to sustain the tempo.
In his goodwill message, the Chief Coach of Rivers United Football Club, Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma said Governor Wike made it possible for them to be exposed professionally when they were taken to Madrid in Spain, plus other incentives that they have continued to enjoy.
On her part, the General Manager of Rivers Angels Football Club, Port Harcourt, Matilda Otuene said Governor Wike was not only gender friendly but a real father who had improved their welfare, adding that the club has been enable to retain a foreign based player.
In his speech, the Captain of Rivers United Football Club, Port Harcourt, Austin Festus promised that the club was poised to win more trophies for the state, which would also serve as reciprocation of the support they have enjoyed from Governor Wike.