Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the State Government will continue to invest in sports development to empower Rivers youths.
Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the President of International Sports Press Association, Mr Gianni Merlo at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor said the relevance of sports to social development cannot be over-emphasised.
“We will continue to do more for sports. We will not relent in our commitment to use sports as a tool to empower Rivers youths. The Real Madrid Football Academy is a project we are very serious about. We shall use it to reach several youths,” he said.
The governor thanked the leadership of International Sports Press Association for the Power of Sports Award, saying that it is a recognition that is well received by Rivers people.
“You have shown support and brotherhood. We will work with you . The State whole-heartedly accepts to host the next congress”, he said.
Earlier, the President of International Sports Press Association, Mr Gianni Merlo expressed satisfaction with the fact that Governor Wike is investing in the next generation.
He said the setting up of Real Madrid Football Academy in Rivers State is a well-thought out initiative that will be appreciated in years to come.