Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo says government is commitment to reposition the Sports Academy at Asoama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area to a centre of academic excellence and sports development.
Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo stated this when the Chairman and members of the Governing Board paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who urged the Board, staff and students to keep hope alive, blamed the state of affairs in the Academy to lack of funds.
According to him, government is prepared to work with the Board Chairman and members to improve the Academy and make it a reference point in sports and academics in the West African sub-region.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo commended the current Board for their zeal, commitment and efforts at moving the Academy forward amidst other challenges.
He therefore directed the Chairman to make proposals to government in the areas of infrastructure, academic curriculum development and legal reforms.
Earlier, Chairman of the Sports Academy, Elder Jackson Bidei, said the Board under him has carried out a comprehensive feasibility assessment and ready to implement the blueprint.
Elder Bidei urged government to prioritize the development to provide training facilities and more manpower to reduce the burden of the existing few staff.
He also stressed the need for improved curriculum, monthly subvention and a clear description of supervisory and oversight functions between the Ministry of Sports and that of education over the Sports Academy to avoid confusion.