By Anthony Eri (Office Of The Press Secretary)
Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR has charged the State contingents for the National Sports Festival, scheduled to hold in Delta State to be good Ambassadors and to uphold the dignity of the State in character and courage.
Governor Soludo who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi gave the charge at Archbishop A.K. Obiefuna Retreat Pastoral and Conference Center, Okpuno – Awka South Council Area where Team Anambra gathered to depart for Asaba.
While describing Anambra as an ‘A’ state, Governor Soludo urged them to go out and make Anambra proud.
He said; “we have done it before! The State Ambassador, Mary Onyali whom you all know, conquered the world.
“Stephanie Onwuzulike, a daughter of the soil won Gold in Gymnastics at South Africa. Njideka Iheazu won Gold in Shot-put at Commonwealth Games, Scotland. Angus Emeadi also won Gold in wrestling.
“If these great ndi Anambra have done it, why not you? The good news we are expecting to receive after your two weeks stay at Asaba is for you to arrive with laurels.
“In the past one month, few Anambra Teachers and Students have made the State proud in the education sector.
“Last week, the torch was brought from Enugu to Anambra; Dr Alex Ekwueme Square Awka precisely, where the Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim represented the State Government.
“The appointment of Mr Patrick Onyedum as Chairman of Anambra State Sports Development Commission by Governor Soludo attests to his commitment to transforming the sports sector.
“Mr Patrick is deeply involved in the field of sports; a former Athlete and Chairman of Anambra Athletics association.
“You have the best hand at your disposal with loads of packages on sports.
“Go out there and do the needful. We will support you”, he concluded.
Earlier in a speech, the Chairman, Anambra Sports Development Commission, Mr. Patrick Estate Onyedum disclosed that Governor Soludo was supposed to be physically available to address and encourage them but due to his tight schedule, delegated his Chief of Staff.
While expressing confidence in the youths and reminding them that Anambra is the Light of the nation, Mr. Onyedum spurred the youths to be the bearers of light, put in all their best and make the State and their families proud.
In a vote of thanks, 100M race sprinter, Anyadiegbu Kenechukwu promised Governor Soludo that the Anambra Team are going all out for gold to make the State proud particularly themselves for personal development in their sports career.
He advised his colleagues not to let money be their driving force but rather, passion for excellence.
The Commissioner for Information, Sir Peter Nwosu among others accompanied Governor Soludo’s Chief of Staff to the event.