Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Comrade Eddie Bekom has called on the governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade to “keep the momentum going” in the state’s sports development drive.
A statement by the Bekom reads, “We the EXCO and the entire members of Cross River State chapter of Sportswriters Association of Nigerian SWAN, most sincerely congratulate Senator Professor Ben Ayade, our amiable Governor and his deputy, professor Ivara Esu, on their successful inauguration.
“We wish to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of former Governor Liyel Imoke in sports development in the state, which culminated in the enunciation of the now famous Comprehensive Sports Development Policy. The school driven initiative has proved a huge success, leading to the state winning the National School Sports Festival four times back to back.
“We wish to appeal that the policy be sustained, to place Cross River State on the front burner of sports development in Nigeria.”
We also strongly appeal that the new administration should seriously consider sustaining the hosting of All Nigeria/Cross River State Athletic Championships, in addition to the staging of the 19th National Sports Festival, which the state has won the hosting right.
“We will also urge the new government to continue with the hosting of the annual Obudu International Mountain Race, a competition which has place Cross River State on the international sporting map.”
Not unmindful of the enormous task ahead, we are sincerely convinced that these will add value to the huge investment embarked upon in sports by the immediate past administration.”