The State House of Assembly Committee on Youth and Sports Development has urged the Delta State Sports Commission to strive to win more laurels for the state.
The Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Majority Whip of the House, Honourable Alfred Martins, made the call when he led other members of the Committee on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Delta State Sport Commission, Chief Tonibok Okowa.
Honourable Martins, who represents Warri North Constituency in the House, said Delta State had maintained the lead in sports in the country and commended all behind the feat.
The Lawmaker commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for creating the enabling environment for sports to thrive in the state, noting that the present administration had added great value to sports infrastructure in the state.
Honourable Martins stated that the completion of the Asaba township stadium was a master stroke, pointing out that the national and international competitions that took place in the stadium had attracted positive attention to the state.
While commending the Sports Commission for the successes recorded in sporting activities in the recent past, Honourable Martins urged the Commission to ensure that the state maintained its lead in sports.
Accompanied by six members of the Committee, including Honorables Ekpotuareyin Pullah, Ferguson Onwo, Anthony Elekeokwuri, Emeka Nwaobi, Innocent Anidi and Moses Anaughe, the Lawmaker said there was the need to encourage more youths in the state to take to sports.
Honourable Martins promised his Committee’s intervention in the area of budgetary allocation to the Commission in the 2020 budget.
In their remarks, some of the members commended the beehive of activities at the Asaba township stadium and praised the effort of the Delta State Sports Commission in that regard.
The Lawmakers assured the Commission of the readiness of the Committee to help address challenges facing it.
The Chairman of the Commission, Chief Tonibok Okowa commended members of the Committee for the familiarization visit and appealed for effective collaboration between both parties.
He highlighted some challenges confronting the Commission, particularly inadequate budgetary allocation and stressed the need for more funds to enable the Commission meet up with the high financial involvement in sporting activities.
Chief Okowa strongly recommended the establishment of a befitting Sports Academy in the state to groom more sports talents and generate revenue for the state.
He expressed optimism of better days ahead in sports development in the state.