Athletes From Umuahia North LGA Emerge The Overall Champion Of The Maiden Secondary Schools Unity Games Competition

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The maiden edition of the Governor’s Secondary Schools Unity Games has been concluded with athletes from Umuahia North LGA clinching the overall champion of the competition, pocketing a total of 61 medals.

Speaking while handing over trophies to the overall wining team, first and second runners up, Governor Alex Otti appreciated the zeal with which the secondary school students across the LGAs of the state approached the competition.

The Governor, represented by his Chief of Staff , Pastor Caleb Ajagba said his administration is changing the narratives in the state, adding that there is evidence everywhere that things are happening in all sectors of the economy including sports and youth development.

“For sometime now we have not seen this kind of unprecedented number of youths gather , not rioting , not raiding any government property, not weeping or mourning but in a very joyful face to identify with what the government is doing in Abia State Today , Abia state is in good hands ”

Governor Otti, who congratulated the winners of the trophies, reiterated his resolve to transform sports in Abia State and make it make it a business venture that would bring economic benefits to the youths and the State at large. He urged principals of secondary schools to revive sports activities in their schools.

Speaking also, the Director of Sports, Abia State Sports Council, Comrade George Obioma said Abia State has started in a right footing and commended Governor Alex Otti for approving the unity games which he stressed would boost sports in the state:

Comrade Obioma further stated that there are plans by the state government to harness talents and disclosed that some talents have already been discovered in different games the students participated in and expressed the hope that more talents would be identified in future.

“This is just the beginning. We have started on a very right footing for now . But my only challenge is that 24 sports is not enough for us, I thought we could cover all the sports we have, that is about 35 sports, however, it’s not too bad starting with 24 events for now, i know by next edition we are going to expand .

“There are plans to harness the talents discovered in the games. Before we commenced this event, we have already planned on how to absorb the talents we will get. If you listened attentively to His Excellency’s address (while declaring the event open), he also directed the State Sports Council to get set to absorb and develop the talents we are going to get in the games .

While the overall winner, Umuahia North team got 28 gold medals, 14 silver and 19 bronx medals, the first runners up, Aba South clinched 22 gold medals, 14 silver and 22:bronx and the second runners up, Isuikwuato pocketed 12 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronx medals.

The almost one week competition saw the participants went home with medals and certificates while plans to further the education of the victorious students are being made by the state government.