sports and youth development, little did he know that his effort in Rivers State would be mooted all over Africa and recognised abroad.
Some of the activities he has undertaken in sports development include
☆Paying of outstanding allowances and bonuses to the Nigerian national football team thus saving the country from embarrassment.
☆Hosting the Super Eagles qualifying matches that have now led the Nigerian team to the FIFA World cup.
☆Hosting of the a National Polo tournament.
☆Offsetting the outstanding salaries and allowances of Sharks FC, Dolphins FC and Rivers Angels FC.
☆Supporting Rivers United FC to qualify for the CAF Champions league.
☆Hosting of the Golden Jubilee wrestling championship.
☆Hosting of the Gov Wike National Wrestling Championship.
☆Hosting of the African Wrestling Championship adjuded as the best hosted so far with over 40 countries in attendance.
☆Investment in sports infrastructure, prominent among them is the revamping of the Alfed Diete Spiff Sports Complex to world class standard.
☆Hosting of the Golden Jubilee Badminton Competition.
☆Hosting of the Golden Jubilee Cycling competition.
☆Supporting Rivers Angels to win the maiden edition of the female football league.
☆Starting the process of establishing a Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt among many other strides he has taken in sports development.
While using sports as a veritable vehicle to fast track communal growth and development, little did the Governor know that this would culminate to an honour such as the AIPS AFRICA Power of Sports Award.
Remarkably, Governor Nyesom Wike will be the first African to be honoured with such an award and the fifth person globally to be so honoured by AIPS, the last being the immediate past president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge of Belgium.
The award which will be presented at the on going 81st AIPS congress, the largest congregation of professional sports journalists,
would also have Governor Wike present a paper on Peace and Progress Through Sports in The Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.
In addition to the pride and recognition the award brings to Rivers State, for me the big take away from this event is this practical example on how deligence and commitment in a corner can catapult one to global recognition.