Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on both the federal and state governments to invest heavily in sports because of the wonderful contributions of sporting activities to the unity of the country, adding that sporting activities have always brought Nigerians from all tribes together as a people and thereby rekindling the consciousness of the nation’s unity in Nigerians.
Governor Okorocha said this when the organizers of the Federation of Public Service Games paid courtesy call on him at the Government House, to inform him that the 2015 edition of the Public Service Games had taken off in the state.
Governor Okorocha explained that the importance of the public service games cannot be over-emphasized especially when Nigerians from all spheres of life would be gathering in the state for the games, show-casing the unity and peaceful co-existence of the people of Nigeria.
According to the governor, by hosting the 2015 edition of the public service games, Imo state is by implication hosting the unity of the nation through sports, remarking that the state remains number one in the country when it comes to hospitality, and assured the organizers of the event of adequate security and warm hospitality.
Governor Okorocha also assured the organizers, that he would be present to watch most of the games as another way of encouraging the unity of the country, and also spreading the message of peace among Nigerians.
In his speech earlier, the National President of the federation of public games, Comrade Dahiru Hassan said, they had settled for Imo state for the hosting of the public service games this time because of the good stories they heard about the state’s feats in tourism, hospitality and security and that with what they have seen already, it was obvious they had taken a wise decision to give Imo the hosting right.
Comrade Hassan praised Governor Okorocha for accepting to host the games, and for providing the enabling environment for the successful hosting of the games including the prompt renovation of the stadia where the games would be taking place and provision of quality accommodations for the organizers.
He also informed the governor about their decision to honour him as an Icon of sports and Goodwill Ambassador of the Federation of Public Service Games at an investiture slated for December 3, 2015.