Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers people on Thursday trooped to the Port Harcourt International Airport to celebrate Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, as he returned with the “Power of Sports” Award.
The International Sports Press Association-Africa (AIPS) Africa conferred the Power of Sports Award in a ceremony on Wednesday in Belgium witnessed by sports journalists from 108 countries.
Accompanied by his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike and Rivers State PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, Governor Wike returned to the support of Rivers people, who sang his praises for doing the state proud.
Defying the rain, Rivers people declared their support for Governor Wike in his commitment to change the fortunes of the state.
Governor Wike said the award would only spur him to further dedicate himself to the construction of a new Rivers State. He said the investments of his administration would earn the state global acclaim.
He reiterated that the state’s investments in sports, especially the Real Madrid Football Academy was to empower youths with the footballing skills and education to conquer the world.
The construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy would be flagged off on May 28, 2018 in an international event in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike said: “I wish to reiterate our resolve to continue to tap the benefits of sport to advance social cohesion, peace and progress in Rivers State”
Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Chukwuemeka Woke, who welcomed the Rivers State Governor alongside other Rivers people, said the state had transformed into an international reference point because of the developmental strides of Governor Wike.