Chief Patrick Ekeji, NSC Director General
The National Sports Commission (NSC) has reiterated its commitment towards the development and upliftment of grassroots sports in the country.
Stanley Okebugwu, the South East Zone 1 coordinator of the commission, who stated this Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu, during an interactive session with executive committee members of Enugu State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) led by its chairman, Norbert Okolie, said the NSC Director General, Dr. Patrick Ekeji has vowed not to rest on his oars until the nation’s present dwindling sports situation especially at the grassroots levels are addressed.
According to him, it is against the backdrop of getting things right in the sports sector, as well as restoring the lost glory of grassroots sports in the nation, that the NSC boss, decided to initiate the formation 12 zonal structures arrangement in the country, with a view to addressing the issue squarely.
Okebugwu, who assumed office in the zone not too long ago, however, called on all major stake holders in sports especially sportswriters from the three states of Ebonyi, Anambra, and Enugu that make up zone 1 to join hands with his office in realizing the commission’s dream of taking every sports to the next level .
He further explained that it is because of the importance and seriousness Dr. Ekeji, attaches to the revival of grass root sports in the country, that he decided to deploy senior officers from Assistant Directors cadre, to man the zonal offices for effective performance.
Earlier in a brief remarks, chairman, Enugu SWAN, Norbert Okolie, had assured the zonal coordinator of his members and the association’s readiness to partner with the (latter’s) office, describing both bodies as partners in progress hence, the need for an enduring cordial relationship among them.