DBN Reaffirms Support for Sports Development

James Emejo in Abuja

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) has announced its sponsorship of the 10th edition of the Okpekpe International Road Race, scheduled to take place on May 25, 2024 in Edo State.

In a statement, Managing Director/Chief Executive, DBN, Dr. Tony Okpanachi, said the enduring partnership underscored the bank’s commitment to advancing sports and promoting tourism development in the country.

The Okpekpe International Road Race is a prestigious event that attracts athletes from around the world, and recognised by the World Athletics and serves as a platform for showcasing talent and promoting physical fitness.

The 10-kilometer race which is the first to be granted a gold label status in Nigeria is set in the scenic hills of Okpekpe town near Auchi, highlighting the beauty of the state and its significant economic benefits to the local community.

Okpanachi said “DBN is honored to support the historic Okpekpe International 10km Road Race for the seventh consecutive year.

“Our involvement in this event reflects our broader mission to foster community engagement, promote health and wellness, and stimulate economic growth through sports.

“The Okpekpe Race is more than just a competition; it is a celebration of resilience, unity, and excellence. I am very certain that DBN’s sponsorship will play a crucial role in ensuring the race’s success.

He said the bank’s support extends beyond financial contributions, to emphasising its strong dedication to corporate social responsibility and commitment to the holistic development of the Nigerian society.

The DBN boss further noted that since its inception, the race has grown in prestige, becoming a cornerstone of the global athletics calendar.

He, however, urged Nigerians to participate in the race festivities, support the athletes, and experience the rich culture and hospitality of the state.

He said, “Supporting the Okpekpe International Road Race aligns perfectly with DBN’s mission of driving sustainable development, empowering communities, and fostering economic growth.

“Sports as we all know serve as a unifying force and a catalyst for economic and social development, and we are proud to play a role in this transformative event.”

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