Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State is to honoured with the 2017, 3 Diamond National Sports Award today in Abuja for the sterling and outstanding achievements in the area of Sports development in his state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh who disclosed this to newsmen said, the Central Coordinating Committee of the Nigerian Sports Summit approved the conferment of the 3 Diamond Award 2017 on the Akwa Ibom State governor.
Charles Udoh enumerated the 3 Diamond Award to include: Most comprehensive Sports Development Programme in Nigeria; State with the Best Sports Infrastructure in Nigeria and State with the most Patriotic Sports Supporters in Nigeria.
The Award is to be presented by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, on behalf the government and good people of Akwa Ibom.
While congratulating the Sports-loving Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and indeed the entire people of the state for this great honour, which to all is well deserving, the Commissioner emphasised that, the award must have been bestowed on the state based on the landmark strides of the state in the area of Sports.
Udoh who said, Akwa Ibom State has assumed the pride of place as the Sports capital of Nigeria, enlisted the achievements of Governor Udom Emmanuel in Sports development to include: hosting of the first Akwa Ibom State Youth Sports festival, hosting of Super Eagles to become the first African team to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup and supporting Akwa United to win Nigeria FA Cup twice in 3 years.
Others are ongoing construction of 10 modern sports centres with the one in West Itam secondary school completed and fully in use, supporting Ibom Angels to emerge runners up in 2017 National Sports festival and team Akwa Ibom finishing 2nd on the medal table at the 2017 National Sports festival.
Currently, the Uyo and Eket sports stadia are wearing a new look with the face lift given to the facilities after the delivery of containers of state-of-the-arts sporting equipment ordered by the state government for the uplift of the stadia for optimal use.
All these, coupled with the existing good quality training sports pitches in the state are measures put in place by Governor Udom Emmanuel towards hatching budding football players and athletes among youths and for the overall development of Sports in Akwa Ibom State.
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