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The Executive Director of Planning, Research and Statistics at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ( DESOPADEC) Amb. Shedrack Agediga has commended the Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Gospenal International Football Academy Apst. (Dr.) Godspower Tomone for investing in human capital development in the riverine area of Delta state.
Amb. Agediga gave the commendation when the football academy chairman led other members of the technical crew and the entire team players on a courtesy visit in his office at DESOPADEC secretariat Warri Delta State on Monday.
While appreciating Tomone for his effort in discovering such promising team from the riverine area of the state, Agediga noted that the region is a citadel of great untapped talents not the infamous ‘Militants” appellation the region has been tagged across Nigeria.
The Executive Director told the Gospenal academy boss that his vision of establishing the academy is in line with the SMART Agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration which is aimed at developing human capital across the state.
He emphasized that human capital development is top priority in both the SMART AGENDA and the Stronger Delta future of the Okowa’s administration.
He also stated that, as a complementary organ of the state government, DESOPADEC shall continue to support any course that would help in the development of human capital across its mandate area and Delta State at large, and urged the young talented footballers to be steadfast in their career.
Also present during the visit was Hon. Leonard Anoka, the ED Social Services, DESOPADEC, who encouraged the entire GIFA team to keep up with the vision of the academy noting that it is very necessary for youths to acquire skills .
He also reaffirm that the Commission in collaboration with Delta State Government is working hard to ensure the development of human capital across the core mandate area of the Commission in particular and Delta State at large.
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that after establishing the Godspenal International Football Academy from the just concluded maiden edition of the 2019 Godspenal Football Tournament in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area that lasted for 23 days.
In keeping to his promise that the newly established team will play other vital tournaments in the country and even the Nigeria leagues, Apst. (Dr) Godspower Tomone had been able to register his team to play for the ongoing Utuama Peace Cup.
However, in their first match against Free Tiger Fc, the Godspenal International Football Academy demolished Free Tiger Fc 3-0, stressing that taking the cup to their base in the riverine community remains their ultimate target.