By Frank Iroroh.

Saturday 16th June, thousands of persons took part in the median edition of “Walk For Tourism In Anioma,” put together by Ned Nwoko Foundation, a humanitarian and philanthropic concerns of Prince Ned Nwoko.

The road show which started at 11.00am, took off from Issele Uku, headquarters of Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.

The road walk for tourism, took

the thousands of participants drawn from all the nooks and crannies of the Local Government Area and beyond, around major streets in Issele Uku to Onitcha Ugbo down to Idumuje Ugboko, were the exercise was rounded up with pomp and ceremony at Mount Ned Nwoko Tourist Resorts Centre.

Addressing the press at the Resort Centre, in the presence of mammoth crowd at the end of the exercise, Dr Michael Nwoko, SA special duties to the Governor of Delta State on Contributory Health Commission, who is incharge of strategic mobilisation of the Prince Ned Nwoko 2019 Campaign Council and one of the organizer of the road walk, stated that the purposes of the exercise were to draw attentions of Anioma people and by implication Nigerians, to the huge tourism investment put on ground by Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko, at Idumuje Ugboko, as a means of attracting visitors and investors to the Area, to create jobs for the teaming unemployed youths.

He also stated that the road walk was equally aimed at highlighting the importance of WALKING as an essential aspect of maintaining good health among Anioma citizens.

As he put it, “what we are have done today, is unprecedented, it is a gathering of youths and women, who have come out to key into the arrangements put together by Prince Ned Nwoko, who is a lover of the people, who cares for their good health and who has keen interest in tourism development.
A man who has invested billions of Naira in promoting the Tourism industry in Nigeria.”

Dr Michael Nwoko, SA special duties to the Executive Governor of Delta State, addressing participants at the road show.

Continuing, Dr Michael Nwoko added, “you will agree with me that what Prince Ned Nwoko put on ground here at Mount Ned Nwoko, Idumuje Ugboko, to a large extent, has gone a long way in adding impetus to the huge tourism potentials in Nigeria.
It has also gone a long way to attract tourist to the State, both within and outside the country. Most visitors who visit the Centre are usually puzzled at what they see.”

He further said, “having gone this far to build this wonderful tourist resorts centre, our Principal, Prince Ned Nwoko, deemed it fit to organise this road walk, to create awareness of the values of Tourism industry in Nigeria.”

“It has been a road show all day long, we started since morning from Issele Uku, headquarters of Aniocha North Local Government Area. As you can see the crowd here, people heard about it and trooped out. It shows that Prince Ned Nwoko is loved by his people.
He thought that, for him to do this ‘Walk For Tourism In Anioma,’ he must begin from his Local Government Area.”

While emphasizing, the health benefits of the road walk, Dr. Michael Nwoko said, ” we walked around major streets in Issele Uku to Onitcha Ugbo and down to Idumuje Ugboko, this is very important health wise, because on a medical stand point, walking exercise has proven to check obesity, reduce excess calories in the body and promote healthy long life. This is one of the awareness we are creating today and everybody that took part in the exercise are so elated.

Dr. Michael Nwoko also stated that the exercise will be replicated in all the 9 local government areas that make up Delta North Senatorial District.

Queen Blessing Enuawa (middle on yellow T-shirt) flanked by the DG Ned Nwoko 2019 Campaign Organization, Hon. Leo Esegbue (right) and Dr Michael Nwoko, Director Mobilization, Ned Nwoko Campaign Council (left).

On what the management of the Centre is doing to showcase the site during the forthcoming Confederation of Africa Athletic Championship, (CAA), taking place at Asaba in August, Dr. Nwoko said, “Prince Ned Nwoko is not only a lover of Tourism, he is also a lover of Sports, he has hosted several Sports Tournament here, so he will use such an event as an opportunity to showcase the huge tourism potential, he has put on ground here.” He concluded.

Also speaking to reporters at the end of the road show, Hon. Leo Esegbue, the Director General of Ned Nwoko 2019 Campaign Organization said, “I am very happy to be part of this road walk to create awareness for the tourism potential in Anioma.
I am much more happy and thankful to God that the exercise went through without any problems, as you can see a lot of Motorcycle Riders were involved but there is no hitches all through.
We were really overwhelmed by the large volunteers that turned up at the event.
Initially we estimated for a thousand persons, but right here we have close to five thousand participants, this shows that the people love Prince Ned Nwoko and I thank them for their show of love to our Principal.
The road walk is a very good health tonic, so aside creating awareness for the Tourism investment put on ground here at Idumuje Ugboko by Prince Ned Nwoko, we equally want to tell our people that it is very important health wise, to walk some few kilometres daily.
You know the society we live today, people wake up daily, enter their cars and go to their offices where they sit all day and come back to their houses in cars at the close of work.
They have no time to exercise, this is not good for their health.
Believe me, those who took active part in this road walk will wake up tomorrow feeling much more better.” The DG concluded.

Hon. Leo Esegbue, the DG Ned Nwoko Campaign Organization, speaking at the occasion.

Mount Ned Nwoko Resorts Centre is an ideal place for your weekend picnic, visit the site and enjoy the sight of rare historical lyrics, symbols and imagery.

Ned Media Publication.

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