Vanguard (Lagos)

2 December 2012

Nigeria: Delta Will Rule Eko 2012, Uduaghan Declares

Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi/Vanguard
The High Jump Games, Miss Esiekpe Young, River State During the 18th National Sports Festival

Delta State has taken the driver's seat at the Eko 2012 National Sports Festival and an elated governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan declared during a surprise visit to Delta State contingent in Lagos, that Delta will win the sports fiesta hands down and dethrone boastful Rivers State.

"With God on our side, we hope to win this festival. We have done our estimation and we know the number of gold medals our athletes can win,"said Dr. Uduaghan at the University of Lagos camp of the athletes.

He added that all the State's athletes win or lose, will be entitled to their allowances till the end of the festival.

He commended Federal Government for throwing subsequent National Festival open. Dr. Uduaghan argued that it was the only way the real essence of the glamorous event could be achieved.

"Let me say this, to go forward in the national Festival which I have been advocating first it should be made open and I am happy that it has been made open by the Federal Government. Secondly, that it should be held at the National Stadium Abuja. The Federal Government should take responsibility for this National Sports Festival."

The governor, took time to visits all the venues namely, University of Lagos where he met with the Power lifters, Judo and Chess players. He was also at the National Stadium, Surulere, Teslim Balogun Stadium and Onikan Stadium where he interacted personally with the athletes.

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