Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, says government is preparing to host a State-wide sports festival that would attract participation of athletes from all the 8 local government areas of the state.
Governor Diri made this known at the 87th State Executive Councils meeting in Government House, Yenagoa.
The Governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, noted that sports remain a veritable tool with which to dissuade the youths of the state from crime, criminality and drugs.
Expressing his conviction that with sports, the present administration under his watch is taking the right direction in youth’s development, he announced that efforts were underway to make the maiden Bayelsa Sports festival in November this year a reference point.
He, therefore, called on all the Local Government Councils to ensure proper preparations and mobilization of their sports teams for the festival.
The State Chief Executive also used the opportunity to congratulate the management, coaches and players of Bayelsa United FC for gaining promotion to the Nigerian Premier League after several years in the lower division.
He equally commended the Bayelsa Queens FC who did not only win the last year and this year`s Nigerian women football league, but also emerged as winners of the WAFU Women Cup staged in Cote d’Ivoire.
Governor Diri, who made this known that Bayelsa Queens were already through to the final of this year`s Aiteo Cup, urged the team to make the state proud as they represent Nigeria at the CAF Women Champions League in Morocco next month.