DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT TO PARTNER WITH STARS UNIVERSITY, IDUMUJE UGBOKO… Hon. Chiedu Ebie.
By Iroroh Frank
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Hon. Barr. Chiedu Ebie, has stated that the State Government will partner with the Governing Board of the Stars University, Idumuje Ugboko, to ensure that it’s Sports related courses and programmes are utilized for the maximum benefits of the state athletes.
Hon. Ebie, who was speaking at the launching of the third trench of Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation, scholarship award ceremony, held at Idumuje Ugboko, Friday, described the University as a unique, marvelous and fantastic institution, one of its kind in Africa and commended Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko for establishing such a premier university in Delta State.
His words, “I want to commend the Star Prince of Anioma for establishing this unique, marvelous and fantastic University in Delta State. It is a fantastic institution, one of its kind in Africa. To have such premier Sports University, right here in Delta State, is a thing to be proud of. The State Government will partner with the university to ensure that it’s courses and programmes are utilized for the maximum benefit of our athletes.
Delta State is a home of Sports and the state government has put everything in place to harness sports potential in the State”. Commissioner Ebie stated.
The commissioner, further added that the state Government has concluded plans to organise the first School Sports Festival. “Plan has been concluded to organise the First School Sports Festival, the programme is designed to ‘catch them young’ to ensure that young sports talents across the state are spotted and place under training programme to enable them to excel in their various sports. Commissioner Ebie concluded.
Earlier, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko, while introducing Deborah Okpochini and Anita Okpochini, the duo who won 9 Gold medals and 5 Gold medals at the 2018 National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018 and National Youth Games, UniIlorin 2018, respectively, lamented that Nigeria has not been fairing well in Sports at the international stage.
He reminded the audience that while an individual athlete like Michael Fred Phelps of USA, won 12 Gold medals in swimming at an Olympic Games, Nigeria as a country hardly create any impact in swimming at the world stage.
Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko however assured that the situation will turn around for good in the nearest future by the students of Star University, Idumuje Ugboko.
“I want to assure you that the Students of the Stars University will turn the table around for good for the country in global Sports meet, in the nearest future. Students of this University will registered the first Gold medal in swimming for Nigeria in the Olympics”. Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko stated.
The Star Prince of Anioma land, further added that the university will commence academic activities by September and assured that 50% of the new intake will be on scholarship.
“The University will commence academic activities by September and 50% of the students will be on scholarship.
The student must be good in one or more sports.
The University will offer 12 sports related courses, like Sports marketing, Sports Journalism/Broadcasting, Sports Medicine, Sports Technology and so on, in addition to the professional courses offer by the conventional universities”. Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko concluded.