Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2018 African Wrestling Championship, which will hold in Port Harcourt next February.
Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike charged members to organise a world class event.
He said: “This competition is important to Rivers State. Give it all it takes. I urge you to start working immediately.
“Make sure that all the requirements are put in place for the championship. I will personally work to ensure that we have other sponsors for the event “.
The governor explained that the African Wrestling Championship will be given top priority in the coming four months, as it will effectively showcase Nigeria and Rivers State.
He urged the committee to work directly with security agencies to ensure that there is no security breach during the African Wrestling Championship.
Governor Wike specifically charged the Vice Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Mr Daniel Igali to bring his experience and expertise to the table for the success of the event.
Responding on behalf of the committee, Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye assured the governor that the committee will deliver on its mandate.
He said that the committee will conduct a hitch-free African Wrestling Championship that everyone will be proud of.
The following are members of the Local Organising Committee inaugurated by Governor Wike:
Boma Iyaye – Commissioner of Sports (Chairman),Daniel Igali – President Nigeria Wrestling Federation (Vice Chairman)
,Stephen Adue – Director (Admin), Ministry of Sports (Secretary),Barrister Emma Okah – Commissioner of Information (Member)
,Professor Princewill Chike – Commissioner of Health (Member) and Mrs Tonye Briggs Onyide – Commissioner of Culture (Member).
Others are: Mr Honour Sirawoo – President SWAN (Member), Representative of Federal Minister of Sports,Commissioner of Police/Rep member,Chief Jackson Bidei – (Representative of Nigeria Wrestling Federation),J.J Kio – Member,Ambassador Koko – Chief of Protocol/Senior special assistant and Falilat Ogunkoya and Nigeria Olympic committee.