Gov. Nyesom Wike: Empowering youths through sports
Rivers state Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye, has commended Rivers state Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for using sports to empower youths in the country, and for providing the enabling environment to enable them become world class footballers by establishing the Rivers state Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The sports commissioner who spoke when he conducted sports journalists around the Rivers state Real Madrid Football Academy at Elikahia, Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, expressed gratitude to Gov. Wike for his foresight.
“We thank God for providing the wisdom to our dear governor to know the value of sports. This edifice is an iconic project. Rivers people may not realize the legacy the governor is bequeathing to the youths. Any Rivers person should be proud of Rivers state Real Madrid Football Academy.
“This is a project not just for now, but for the future. His Excellency has provided career opportunities for our youths. Recall in 2018 he was awarded with the Power of Sports in Africa. This edifice you are seen has made him truly the Power of Sports in Africa,” Iyaye said.
He opined further that intentions of the governor were to harness some of the hidden talents that are hidden amongst our youths, thereby reducing level of miscreants in the society.
“Not everybody will go to school. Through sports, legends are born and known the whole world. This will surely take the youths out of social vices, and the governor has made sure that funds are made available to execute and project this huge project. I have been to football academies in Europe this can be compared to them,” he stated.
The commissioner assured that the prerequisite for admission into the academy must be the possession of football skills by applicants, promising that the process of admission will be transparent.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Rivers state Governor on Rivers State Real Madrid Football Academy, Hon. Christopher Green, described the Academy as first of its kind in Africa.
He said the facilities in the academy are 90% ready, adding that the school is set to admit its pioneer students by October 2020.