By Ndu Samuel
The Delta Sports commission has commended the sponsor of Ijaw/Itsekiri Peace and Unity cup, Amb. Comr. Sheriff Mulade for investing in grassroots talent development through sports.
The Director general of the Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa gave the commendation when members of the Local Organising Committee (L.O.C) of the football tournament led by its chairman Hon. Ken Nwamuocha paid him a visit in his office in Asaba yesterday.
Chief Okowa noted that, for Comr. Mulade to have remained committed in sponsoring the football tournament and sustained it over the years shows he deserves to be commended.
While welcoming the committee to his office, the DG applauded their hard work and dedication towards having a successful championship and assured them that the commission is fully behind them.
He said ”We acknowledge the huge awareness and keen interest that the Ijaw /Iteskiri peace and unity cup, Football Competition has generated in the state and country at large”
The sport administrator further emphasised the desire of the present administration led by governor Ifeanyi Okowa to use sports as a tool to unite, empower and expose youths in the state to become self reliance and independent.
He said, ” The Delta State government is interested in any project that seeks to develop the game in the state, and we thank you for this stride, while counting on your continuous good working relationship with us, the state sports commission will always keep our doors open to support you, so please feel free to always count on us for any form of assistance in ensuring you have a hitch free tournament .”
Responding, the global peace Amb. Sheriff Mulade thanked the chairman, Delta State sports commission, chief Tonobok Okowa for endorsing and supporting the competition.
Mulade remaked ”Getting the nod and support for any football competition by the sports commission is not a ride in the park. Indeed, the sports commission subjects initiatives of this kind to close scrutiny to ensure that the concept of grassroot developmental football, which the body is passionate about, is truly met. ”
” This is the second edition, and one can only predict that it will wax stronger, as I urge participating teams to always remember the idea behind the competition, which is living in peace with one another in other to attract meaningful development to the area ”
In his reaction, L.O.C chairman Nwamucha while thanking Okowa for his support, explained that the tournament usually draws participating teams from the two ethnic tribes living along the coastal region of the state, the Ijaws and the Itsekiris with the aim of engaging the youths so as to draw their minds away from negative vices that will disrupt the peaceful coexistence already being enjoyed in the area.
The 2019 edition of the Ijaw/Itsekiri Peace and unity cup is expected to kick off on 16th of November, Ugborodo and Benikrukru communities will serve as co-host.
Meanwhile, registration and sales of forms for the competition is currently on as Intending teams are advised to visit any of the locations to pick up their forms.