Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has appealed to the the Nigerian youths not to be drawn back by the the many challenges facing the nation.
He revealed this on Friday in Benin at a dinner party organised for Team Edo which took part at the just-concluded National Sports Festival in which he lamented that they should be optimistic by saying “have hope for a brighter future for the nation”
In his statement he said;
“This event was significant at this time in the history of Nigeria as we need to give our youths hope with events like the sports festival to unify the nation at this trying times.
“Don’t despair, don’t be discouraged or disturbed following the challenges we are facing as a nation but just have hope, do your bit to keep Nigeria one. That is the spirit behind the sports festival.
He commended Team Edo and their coaches saying;
“Our athletes did well. They were not caught with drugs or caught doping. They did their best and won their medals without being involved in drugs. Our youths were well behaved throughout the competition”.
“The spirit of the National Sports Festival was born in this city after the Civil war as our leaders thought it wise to use the game to unite the nation”.
The governor announced cash rewards of N250,000 for a gold medalist, N150,000 for Silver medalist while N100,000 was for each bronze medal winner.