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042 Festival: Gov. Ugwuanyi Pledges To Support Sports Development

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​Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Monday said his administration would continue to support sports development as a means to diversify Enugu State’s economy through effective engagement of youths.

Ugwuanyi said made the pledge at the opening of Enugu State Sports Festival, tagged “042 Sports Festival’’.

“042’’ is the age-long telephone code for Enugu.

The governor, who was thrilled by the state’s outstanding performances in sports, noted that it was making tremendous achievements in sports and its development among the youths.

“This administration will do all it can to encourage sports in the state. It really gives me a lot of joy to be here performing the opening of the 042 Sports Festival.

“For us in Enugu State, it is our desire to diversify the state economy through sports development.

“We are glad that Enugu has started reaping the desired results with the recent victory of Rangers International FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after 32 years drought.

“And the gold medal winning efforts of one of our daughters at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games. We hope to continue in this stead until our aims are fully realised,’’ he said.

Chief Eric Chime, a sponsor of junior golf event in the festival, said there was great need to introduce the sport to youths in the state.

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“It is part of our responsibility to teach youths with various sporting talents for them to become huge income earners for their families and the state at large by getting to the peak of their chosen sports.

“We hope to take this message to the hinterland to discover and develop talents in sports,’’ Chime said.

Charles Ndukwe, the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports in a goodwill message, applauded all that found time to attend the event.

“The festival will help to discover new talents that will make good representation of the state in national and international sports meets,’’ Ndukwe, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ngozi Ani, said.

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