The commitment of the Abia Speaker House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji interest in sports development in the state, especially at the grassroots levels is a project that has continued to attract the attention of stakeholders in sports in Nigeria and the world at large.
You may recall that fortnight ago, the people of Olokoro in Umuahia South Local Government in a “Thank You” visit to the Speaker could not hide their joy over the ongoing construction of a mini stadium in their community through the efforts of the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly.
Infonet9ja.com gathered that places where the mini stadium projects were sited include Isieke Ibeku, Umuahia, St Stephen’s Primary School, Umuahia, Umuopara, Ubakala, Ikwuano, Ohuhu and Olokoro among others that will take off soon.
But this time, the efforts of the Abia Assembly Speaker towards sports development in the state has attracted the attention of no other person than the National Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Deacon Ehimare Dominic who commended Rt.Hon. Engr. Orji for his unrelenting interest towards youth development through sports.
Dominic who spoke recently to newsmen in Lagos State, said the Abia Speaker’s “pragmatic entry into the development of grassroots sports is an eloquent testimony of a rare political will and love for the provision of the dividends of democracy with a bias for the youths in Abia State.
“The Nigeria Football Supporters Club has been following the Abia Speaker’s foray into the building of mini-stadiums as part of his constituency projects in several communities of Abia State.
“His vision of building the mini-stadiums is obviously anchored on his deliberate and radical efforts at the discovery and promotion of talented youths at the grassroots.
“He is certainly a quintessential lover of youths who will leave an uncommon gigantic footprints for sports enthusiasts in Abia in particular and Nigeria as a country in the nearest future.
“Should other political leaders in Nigeria emulate this feat at the grassroots level, in the nearest future Nigeria will become the bride of international football scouts to fish for the next generation of the Samuel Chukwuezes, the Kelechi Iheanachos and the Wilfred Ndidis”, he concluded.
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While speaking about the projects at different fora, the Abia Speaker thanked the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his support to him in achieving the feats describing the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature in Abia State as cordial and one meant to continue to provide dividends of democracy to the people.