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Players at the Rivers Golden Jubilee Squash Championship Finals 

Rivers State Government to increase  investments in sports

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (r) receiving a plaque  from Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara after Rivers Golden Jubilee Squash Championship Finals in Port Harcourt on Saturday 
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (r) receiving a plaque  from Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara after Rivers Golden Jubilee Squash Championship Finals in Port Harcourt on Saturday 
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government  will increase her  investments  in sports.
 
This the governor said,  is to empower the youths.

Speaking during the Rivers Golden Jubilee Squash Championship Finals at the Port Harcourt Club on Saturday, Governor Wike said sports development  will also help in the growth  of the state’s economy.
 
He lauded the organisers of Rivers Golden Jubilee Squash Championship .
The governor directed that the championship  be held annually to promote the game of squash in the state.

“We will continue  to  invest in sports , to promote the empowerment  of  youths in our State.  This championship  should be held annually “, he said. 

He specifically commended the Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Austin Opara for funding the squash  championship. 

Chairman of the Rivers Golden Jubilee Committee, Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra said the Squash Championship  was the first tournament to be  singlehandedly sponsored  by an individual. 

 In his remarks, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Austin Opara said that his sponsorship of the championship  is his way of giving back to the state and also celebrating the state at fifty.

Captain of the Squash section of the Port Harcourt Club, Sojiye Lily-Tariah said that the club will always support the Wike administration in its drive to develop sports.

He said  six clubs participated in the Golden Jubilee  Squash  Championship. 

At the end of the Golden Jubilee  Squash  Championship, Port Harcourt Club came first, while Shell Club came second. 

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media. 
14th May, 2017.

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