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Okorocha, Sports Minister, others grace Kingsley Uju Unity cup grand finale

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung were among the dignitaries at the grand finale of Kingsley Uju Unity Cup, played at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Sunday January 15, 2017.

The tournament organized for the youths of Niger Delta region ended, with team Egbema Ward A, emerging winner of the competition.

The final match was between Egbema Ward A and Oguta Ward A, and ended 2 goals to nothing in favour of Egbema Ward A.

Indigenes of both communities including their representatives at the Imo House of Assembly came en masse and cheered their teams while the match lasted.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the match, the sponsor of the tournament, Engr Kingsley Uju noted that the competition was in honour of the peace the people of Niger Delta regions are now enjoying, which he attributed to Governor Okorocha’s amnesty programme.

Engr Uju who is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations to Imo State Governor, was particularly grateful to the organizers of the tournament for maintaining a level playing ground throughout the competition.

While investing hope that the competition will be sustained, Engr Uju made a revelation that six of the players would undergo trial in Europe even as he said that plans have been concluded to raise the tournament to a professional status.

Earlier, representatives of Seplat and Shell Petroleum expressed delight that football talents abound in the oil rich region and made a donation of four set of jersey for each team that participated in the competition.

Hon. Emma Orie of Ohaji Egbema State Constituency and his Oguta counterpart, Hon. Uzoma Edeziaro donated two buses to the 1st and 2nd positions respectively.

Cash donations and certificates were given to teams, referees and players for their outstanding performances.

Committee on Imo International Modern Market gets marching order

Committee members for Imo State International Modern Market Naze, have been charged to swing into action so as to ensure full completion of the market latest by June 2017.

Chief of Staff Imo State Government House, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, gave the charge when he inaugurated the eleven-man Caretaker Committee members for the Multi Billion Naira Imo International Modern Market project in his office at the Government House Owerri.

The Committee will be headed by Engr. Chuks Ololo, a former Transition Committee Chairman of Owerri North, while the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Mr John Uzoh will act as the secretary of the committee.

Ugwumba Nwosu urged the committee members to diligently discharge their duties with determination, efficiency and effectiveness so as to actualize the vision and mission of the governor by ensuring that the market starts full operation within the stipulated time.

He explained that the project is one of the ways Governor Okorocha`s regime wants to industrialize the state and create more job opportunities for unemployed Imo youths.

The Chief of Staff who spoke through the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Engr. Chidi Ibe, admonished them to maximize the opportunity and contribute their quota towards the development of the state.

Fielding questions from newsmen, the Committee Chairman, Engr Chuks Ololo, said the International Modern Market will make the agenda of the governor for jobs, factories and industries a dream come through, as it will offer employment opportunities to many unemployed Imo youths.

He disclosed that the International Market will offer jobs to over 4000 people, ranging from cleaners, receptionists, drivers, factory workers and others too numerous to mention, as well as create good platforms for banks and other bigger companies  to flourish.

According to him, it was designed to be the largest market in Nigeria and the center of economic activities in the country as every aspect of the economy is already captured in the design of the International Market.

The Committee Chairman described Governor Okorocha as a visionary leader who means well for the people of Imo State, Nigeria and African continent at large.

Other members of the committee include; Chief Emeka Dike and Chief Sylvester Oguine, the State Development Council (SDC) Chairmen for Naze and Nekede respectively.

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