Major multinational oil companies hosted by the states of Niger Delta region has been tasked on the need to invest on grassroots sports development, as part of their social corporate responsibilities.
The governor who gave the task on recently, while speaking at the grand finale of the 2018 Governor Seriake Dickson Football Tournament at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa, also doled out the sum of N11 million to the four best teams of the tournament.
The final match, which was won by the Peretorugbene Community Football Club, who beat Opu-Nembe by two goals to one took home the price money of N5 million, while the first runners up, Opu-Nembe went home with N3 million and the second and third runners up took home N2 and N1 million respectively.
The Governor said why it is necessary for the oil companies to invest in sports is because it plays a key role in promoting peace, unity and stability for sustainable socio-economic development in any society.”
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of performance and assured youth of the state of his administration’s preparedness to provide more opportunities for them to develop their innate potentialities with a view to making the state proud.
The Director General of the Restoration Cup, Mr. Onoriode Akpe, explained that, the rationale behind the competition is to harness the sport potentials in the youths of the state and dissuade them from cultism, violence and other social vices.
Akpe noted that, over 150 teams took part in this year’s edition of the community-based competition, in which not less than 30 talented players have already been penciled down for training at the state owned sports Academy, Asoama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area and Samson Siasia Academy in Abuja.