Governor of the Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, received the Bayelsa State Sports Council and the Ministry of Sports in the state. The officials from these departments presented the Governor of Bayelsa with a Torch of Unity.
The presentation of the torch of unity signals the participation of Bayelsa State contingents in the upcoming National Sports Festival held in Asaba.
The presentation ceremony for the Torch of Unity was held at the Peace Park, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Governor of Bayelsa state Douye Diri delivered an address at the event. During the address, he spoke:
“Today, from the Bayelsa State Sports Council, and the Ministry of Sports, I have received a Torch of Unity, signalling the participation of the State contingents in the forthcoming National Sports Festival held in Asaba. Let me use this opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development and the ministry officials for dutifully discharging and encouraging unity and peace in our country.
Further, the GovernorGovernor of Bayelsa added, “I hope and believe that sports is one arena that has brought Nigerians together, not minding their religion, ethnicity, and sports will continue to play that role in the years to come.”
He addressed the competing athletes who would represent the state in the National Sports Festival. “At Asaba, I want to also call on all our very athletic sportsmen and women who will represent this state. Edo, you came third, and you have promised that it will be higher at Asaba, so I charge you as you go there to display the virtues of understanding, oneness, peace, and sportsmanship.”
He urged the athletes of the state to “Go and compete favourably, and ensure that you come back with the trophy to Bayelsa State. He urged them to ensure that the state will remain the best sporting state in the annals of Nigeria. Your government will keep supporting you.”