By Ernest ChinwoÂ in Port Harcourt
The International Sports Press Association, Africa (AIPS), has nominated Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the AIPS AfricaÂ â€˜Power of Sportsâ€™ (POS) award.
President AIPS Africa, Mr Mitchell Obi, announced this during a courtesy visit to the governor at The Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday.
Mitchell Obi, who led presidents of some African countriesâ€™ sportswriters unions to Port Harcourt statedÂ that the AIPS would bestow on Wike with a badge of honour in recognitionÂ of his investmentsÂ in the sports sector.
Obi who disclosed thatÂ Wike is the first recipient of the awardÂ in the African continent,Â Â said thereÂ are four other awardees globally.Â
The AIPS Africa president said the award ceremonyÂ would hold at a later date during the international congress of the association.Â
Responding, Governor Wike dedicated the award to the people of Rivers State, pledgingÂ to sustain the development of sportsÂ in the state.Â
He assured theÂ global association of sportswriters thatÂ he would live up to the requirementsÂ of the award byÂ ensuring that sports is used as a tool for empowerment.Â
Wike said sports is being used in the state to promote peace, unity and development.Â
The governor noted that the African Wrestling Championship hosted by the state government has promoted the unityÂ of the continent.Â
He disclosed that by the first week of March, the Real Madrid Football Academy foundation stone would be laid in the state.Â
HighpointÂ of the occasionÂ was the presentation of a special souvenir to Wike by the AIPS President.Â