In its bid to catch them young and consolidate on the gains it has made in the area of sports, the Bayelsa State Government is planning to host a sports festival that will attract participation
of athletes from all the eight local government areas of the state.
Governor Douye Diri disclosed this on Wednesday, September 14, at the 87th Session of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa.
The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, noted that sports remains a veritable tool with which to dissuade the youths of the state from crime, criminality and drugs.
Expressing his conviction that with sports, the present administration under his watch, is taking the right direction in youth development, Governor Diri announced that efforts were underway to make the maiden Bayelsa Sports Festival coming up in November this year, a reference point.
He, therefore, called on all the local
government councils to ensure proper preparation and mobilization of their contingents for the festival.
The Bayelsa Chief Executive also used the opportunity to congratulate the management, coaches and players of Bayelsa United FC for gaining promotion to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) after several years in the lower division.
He equally commended the Bayelsa Queens FC, who did not only win the 2021/22 Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL), but also emerged as winners of the CAF-WAFU Women’s Champions League staged in Cote d’Ivoire.
Governor Diri who disclosed that Bayelsa Queens were already through to the final of the 2022 Aiteo Cup, urged the team to make the state proud as they represent Nigeria at the CAF Women Champions League in Morocco next month.
A statement by the Media Aide to Senator Ewhrudjakpo, Doubara Atasi, quoted the governor to have said “We are investing so much in sports development. We are thanking our sponsors and partners, who have decided to work with us in sponsoring our major sports festival.
“By November this year, we believe we are going to host the first truly all-Bayelsa sports festival. We enjoin our local government areas and our youths to take advantage of the opportunity and momentum that would be created by the festival, to win laurels for themselves.
“We believe sports is a tool to galvanize our youths to abandon crime, criminality and drugs. We believe that with sports the state is taking the right direction.
“We congratulate our two teams, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens. Bayelsa United, who for many years had been in the lower league, have been promoted to the premier league.
“Bayelsa Queens have not only become queens of Nigerian football, but are now queens of West Africa. They have also defended their Aiteo Cup title to the final, and would be in Morocco in October for the CAF Women’s Champions League”.