The Okowa-led government used the opportunity to unveiled the official mascot and logo of the 21st National Sports Festival. The Games tagged “Uniting Nigeria, inspiring a new generation”, is scheduled to hold between November 2 and 15, 2022.
While speaking at the event attended by the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), Engr. Habul Gumel, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chief Patrick Ukah, stated that the unveiling of both the mascot and logo of Delta 2022, shows the readiness of the state towards hosting a successful event in November.
Chief Ukah, who doubles as the Secretary to the State Government, said Delta 2022 would go down in history as the best organised and most economically viable, with the array of sponsors that have already aligned with the event.
Also speaking, Sports Minister, Dare eulogised Governor Okowa for his total support for sports over the years, adding that “Nigeria is finished should Delta State be taken out of her sporting equation”.
Dare said Delta has done so well for Nigerian sports over the years and hopefully the state would be ready to host the next edition of what he called Nigeria’s Mini- Olympics.
In his contribution, Delta State Governor, Okowa, said the state is happy to bring home the sporting extravaganza it has dominated over the years.
”Of course, we want competitors but we are sure of winning even here at home. We are going to put in our best, and at the end, we would show that truly, ‘Delta no dey carry last”.
The official Mascot called Uzo, symbolizes Delta State’s physical power, strength, ferocity, focus, and will-power to continue to dominate in the world of sports.
Some dignitaries present at the occasion include the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Sherriff Oborevwori, former Delta State Commissioner of Sports, Chief Solomon Ogba, members of the state executive council and other top government officials.