To ensure itch free hosting of African Wrestling Championship next year February, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated a 13 man Local organizing committee (LOC).

While inaugurating the committee  at the Government House, Port Harcourt, today, the governor charged the LOC members to organize a befitting and world class event.

Nigeria won the hosting right after edging out Tunisia in August this year, and the championship will hold in Rivers State indoor sports complex, from 7 through 11 February. This is the first time after 42 years.

According to him, the competition is important to the state, adding that he will personally look for other sponsors that will assist the state government.

“This competition is important to Rivers State.  Give it all it takes. I urge you to start working immediately.

“Make sure that all the requirements are put in place for the championship.  I will personally work to ensure that we have other sponsors for the event “.

The governor Wike explained that the African Wrestling Championship will be given top priority in the coming four months, as it will effectively showcase Nigeria and Rivers State.

He urged the committee to work directly with security agencies to ensure that there is no security breach during the African Wrestling Championship.

Governor Wike specifically charged the Vice Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Mr Daniel Igali to bring his experience and expertise to the table for the success of the event.

Responding on behalf of the committee, Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Mr Boma Iyaye assured the governor that the committee will deliver on its mandate.

He said that the committee will conduct a hitch-free African Wrestling Championship that everyone will be proud of.

The following are members of the Local Organising Committee inaugurated by Governor Wike:

Boma Iyaye – Commissioner of Sports (Chairman),Daniel Igali – President Nigeria Wrestling Federation (Vice Chairman)


,Stephen Adue – Director (Admin), Ministry of Sports (Secretary),Barrister Emma Okah – Commissioner of Information (Member)


,Professor Princewill Chike – Commissioner of Health (Member) and Mrs Tonye Briggs Onyide – Commissioner of Culture (Member)


Others are: Mr Honour Sirawoo – President SWAN (Member), Representative of Federal Minister of Sports,Commissioner of Police/Rep member,Chief Jackson Bidei – (Representative of Nigeria Wrestling Federation),J.J Kio – Member,Ambassador Koko – Chief of Protocol/Senior special assistant and Falilat Ogunkoya – Nigeria Olympic Committee.

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