Enugu State Government Pledge Maximum Improvement Towards It’s Sporting Records

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Enugu State, Lloyd Ekweremadu, said the state government is determined to improve it’s sporting records.

The Commissioner made the disclosure at the Grand finale of the Sports Writer’s Assocation of Nigeria (SWAN), Enugu chapter.

Lloyd Ekweremadu, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry, Dan Onwuegbuna said the government will bring back school sports and other grassroots sports programmes with collaboration from the private sectors.

The Commissioner said the result is due to the new state sports policy document which represents a fundamental shift in the role of sports within the state.

“It will transit from being recreational pursuit of becoming a potent economic contribution to both development and social cohesion.

“The visionary policy is the culmination of preliminary consultations and engagements with a diverse range of stakeholders.

“The policy is designed to accomplish two main objectives, industrialisation and economic development.

“Our vision is to reposition Enugu State as a prominent centre where sports serve as a unifying force, promote good health, fitness and economic development,” he said.

He further said, the policy is rooted in four values which is fair play, inclusiveness, empowerment and economic development, while also noting that, the ministry realised the imperative of partnering with SWAN to hesitate the achievements of the goals in the sports sector.

In his keynote speech, Chief Steve Oruruo the former Special Adviser (SA) to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Information, advised Sports Writers to always report sports activities without fear or favour to enhance sports development.

Oruruo gave the advise while speaking on the title which says,” “The role of sports journalists in advancing sports development through objective reportage.

Mentioning that embezzlement and misappropriation of sports funds as one of the factors bedeviling the sports sector in Nigeria, called on government at all level to prioritise sports.

The SA noted that sports has played a huge role in conflict resolution among countries as it promote peace and unity in countries and unite the world.

On his part, the chairman of the Occasion and former Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Enugu state, Ray Nnaji, urged Sports Writers Association of Nigeria to avoid bias in their reportage.

Nnaji who was represented, a one time Media officer of Rangers, Foster Chime, called on Sports reporters to be of independent in doing their job to avoid been compromised.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman SWAN, Enugu chapter, Gideon Iwueke appreciated everyone for making out time to honour their invitation.

He thanked the Awardees for their selfless efforts in ensuring that sports remain the tool for peace and unity of the state and nation at large.

Some of the personalities who were awarded for their outstanding sports contributions included, the immediate past governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Super Eagles legend, Christian Chukwu, Amobi Ezeaku, among others.

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