Wike made the declaration on Saturday while unveiling the splendid Real Madrid Football Academy constructed by his Administration to promote professional football.
“The money used to execute this project is from Rivers State. Therefore, Rivers money is for Rivers people . Seventy percent of the students will be indigenes of Rivers State. The remaining 30 percent will be from other states. All Rivers indigenes to be trained in the Academy will school here free of charge,” Wike said.
According to Wike, unveiling of the Real Madrid Academy is one of the happiest days of his life as it marks the beginning of a new football era.
“Today is one of the happiest days of my life. Today, our dream has come to fruition by the help of God. Our ultimate goal is to put Nigeria on the map by producing the best footballers in the world”, he said.