By: AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
All is now set for who-is-who in Delta State and friends in the State to gather on Thursday, July 12 at the Grand Hotel, Asaba for a fund-raising dinner for the CAA Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships holding from August 1-5.
According to Hon. Bukola Olopade, the Asaba 2018 Sponsorship & Brand Consultant, all the friends of Delta State, Captains of industries, who-is-who in Nigeria will all be on the ground to support Delta as they get set for another milestone, this time in sports.
In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Of Media and Publicity for Asaba 2018, he revealed that the Delta State Commissioner for Finance, as well as the Commissioner for Information, are some of the personalities walking round the clock to ensure that next week’s fund-raising dinner is successful.
It is understood that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration renowned for the innovative SMART agenda hinged on financial prudency is doing everything possible to see that the upcoming Athletics Championships is majorly-driven by private sector funds.
Hon. Olopade reiterated the importance of sports as a veritable tool for youth development & empowerment, for tourism boost and for quick development of infrastructure.
While he noted that the Asaba stadium is a lasting legacy of Gov. Okowa, he urged all friends of Delta state and sports as a whole to join hands with the governor to make the planned fund-raising dinner a success.
“Governor Okowa is doing all he can to use sports to further boost the growing profile of Delta State and for me; that is a great step in the right direction. I will enjoin all the friends of Delta and of course sports to show support for this noble course at the fundraising.” Olopade stated.
Already, countries across Africa are eagerly gearing up for the spectacle in Asaba as the best athletes in the continent will be competing for honours as well as places in the squad to the IAAF Continental Cup, to be held in Ostrava, Czech Republic.