Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has inaugurated the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2018 African Wrestling Championship scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt next February.
Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Port Harcourt wednesday, Wike charged members to organise a world-class event.
He said: “This competition is important to Rivers State. Give it all it takes. I urge you to start working immediately.
“Make sure that all the requirements are put in place for the championship. I will personally work to ensure that we have other sponsors for the event “.
The governor explained that the African Wrestling Championship will be given top priority in the coming four months, as it would effectively showcase Nigeria and Rivers State.
He urged the committee to work directly with security agencies to ensure that there is no security breach during the Championship.
Wike specifically charged the Vice Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Mr Daniel Igali, to bring his experience and expertise to the table for the success of the event.
Responding on behalf of the committee, Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye, assured the governor that the committee would deliver on its mandate.
He said the committee would conduct a hitch-free African Wrestling Championship that everyone will be proud of.
Members of the LOC include; Boma Iyaye â€“ Commissioner of Sports (Chairman); Daniel Igali â€“ President Nigeria Wrestling Federation (Vice Chairman); Stephen Adue â€“ Director (Admin), Ministry of Sports (Secretary); Mr Emma Okah â€“ Commissioner of Information (Member); Professor Princewill Chike â€“ Commissioner of Health (Member); and Mrs Tonye Briggs Onyide â€“ Commissioner of Culture (Member).
Others are: Mr Honour Sirawoo â€“ President SWAN (Member); Representative of Federal Minister of Sports; Commissioner of Police/Rep member; Chief Jackson Bidei â€“ (Representative of Nigeria Wrestling Federation); J.J Kio â€“ Member; Ambassador Koko â€“ Chief of Protocol/Senior special assistant and Falilat Ogunkoya â€“ Africaâ€™s record holder in the quarter-mile.