Governor Otu hopeful injection of new blood will boost sports in Cross River
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By Akpan David, Calabar
Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State has expressed optimism that with the injection of new blood into the sports sector in his state, greater glory awaits them.
He has pledged to revamp sports during his tenure, and to return it to the centre stage in the country.
He spoke when he led the state executive council to a 1-0 victory against Team Civil Service during a novelty football match as part of activities for the 2023 Carnival Calabar International Festival at UJ Esuene Stadium Calabar.
Otu who acknowledged the yearnings of the people, assured of his administration’s commitment towards the revitalisation of sports in the state.
Otu also assured that his administration’s determination to return the state to its glory days where athletes from the state would be donning national team colours and competing for continental and international laurels.
“We will do everything to ensure that we bring sports to the front burner”, he stated.
He called for supports for the state-owned teams as the revitalisation process continues, pointing out that “no club flourishes without fanatical supporters.”
Governor Otu takes the kick off
He reminisced with nostalgia the days where star footballers like John Okon Ene, Etim Esin and a host of others from the state-owned Rovers FC as well as others from the state Pelican Stars FC brought laurels and made the state proud in national and international competitions.
The governor who also emphasized on the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, saying mental and physical fitness should also be a priority.
“Sports is health. We encourage everyone to be engaged in one sport or the other. Fitness is very important to whatever we are doing,” he said.