The Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Youths and Sports has charged the sports commission to improve on the state’s leading position in sports in the country and to promote sports development.
The Chairman, House Committee on Youths/Sports Hon Emeka Nwaobi gave the charge when the Chairman of the Delta State Youths/Sports Commission, Mr Tony Okowa led other members of the board to defend its 2016 budget proposals before the House committee on Youths/Sports at the Assembly Complex, Asaba.
Hon Nwaobi who was recently sworn-in as member representing Aniocha North Constituency, on Tuesday January 19, 2016, to replace the former member representing Aniocha North constituency, Mr. Osi Okocha, whose election victory was terminated by the Appeal Court, Benin, told the commission to redouble its efforts in the winning streaks in sports for the state.
Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Youths/Sports, Hon Angela Nwaka reminded the Sports Commission Chairman that a successful sports commission would properly utilize funds meant to take care of the welfare of athletes and their officials and to maintain Stadium facilities and sport equipment.
Hon Nwaka expressed optimism that the sports commission would succeed given the several successes recorded by the previous commission under the administration of Mr Tony Okowa.
She noted that the Tony Okowa’s administration saw Delta as defending champion of the National Sports festival, while Warri Wolves FC qualified to represent the country in the CAF Champions League, adding that as Chairman of Delta Force FC of Asaba and Founder of Appeteez FC of Asaba, Mr Okowa had undoubtedly exhibited his ability to manage grassroots sports and football clubs.
She enjoined the board to go to the various local government areas to hunt for talents and reach out to all stakeholders in sports.
Other committee members who also spoke including Hon Emeka Elekeokwuri and Hon Ivans Ivwhurie assured the sports commission that the committee was ready to support the board in the development of sports in the state.
Earlier, the Chairman, Delta State Youths/Sports Commission, Mr Tony Okowa had highlighted the achievements and challenges of the commission in 2015 fiscal year and appealed for enhanced budgetary provision in the 2016 fiscal year.