This is not the best of times for Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Boma Iyaye as the state governor, Nyesom Wike has incapacitated him by reducing the powers of the long-serving commissioner.
This follows Governor Nyesom Wike’s action to clip his wings and humiliate the longest serving Commissioner of Sports in Rivers State, Iyaye.
Governor Wike had in a Government House statement on Friday, September 3, removed the supervision of the Rivers State Government-owned Rivers United Football Club from the purview of the Sports Commissioner.
The Governor said the Rivers United FC shall henceforth be directly under his control and supervision.
Reacting to the development, some sports experts in the state (names withheld), described Governor Nyesom Wike’s action as a partial removal of the commissioner from office.
The statement reads in part:
“His Excellency, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has directed that Rivers United Football Club is now under the Office of the Governor.
“The Commissioner of Sport is hereby directed to immediately submit every file relating to Rivers United Football Club to the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt yesterday, departed for Benin Republic for the maiden edition of the West African Challenge Cup, a pre-season tournament organised by Aubay Sports and Monange Promotions.
The championship, which features top west and central African clubs, began on August 19 in Benin Republic. It is a round-robin competition that will see the winners crowned champion of champions.
According to Rivers United’s Media Officer, Charles Mayuku, the club is still working to ensure it joins other teams for the tournament this week in Benin Republic.
“This championship is organised to unite football teams and also open up possibilities for clubs and players involved in the competition.
“Rivers United management is working round the clock to ensure we achieve success at the tournament,” he said.
The nine teams listed for the one-week fiesta are Hearts of Oak (Ghana), Union Sportive de la Gendarmerie Nationale (Niger), Horoya Athletic Club (Guinea), Arta Solar 7 (Djibouti), Loto-Popo FC (Benin), AS Vita Club (Congo), AS Sonabel FC (Burkina Faso), Les Buffles (Benin) and Rivers United FC (Nigeria).