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Gov. Diri Rewards Commonwealth Games Medalists, Bayelsa Queens, Coaches

Gov. Diri Rewards Commonwealth Games Medalists, Bayelsa Queens, Coaches

News Feature, Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has announced a reward package for sportsmen and women from the state that participated in different competitions recently. Olympic silver medalist, who won gold in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, Blessing Oborududu, and sprinter Timma Godbless, who got gold in 4x100 relay for Nigeria in the African Senior Athletics Championship in Mauritius were among recipients of the governor’s gesture. Among others were teenage table tennis sensation, Samuel Boboye, who won two gold medals for Nigeria in the Africa U-19 championship in Tunisia as well as Bayelsa Queens, champions of the African Female Champions League WAFU Zone B tournament in Yamoussoukro, .Côte d’Ivoire. Coaches of the teams were also rewarded. Governor Diri, while receivi...
Gov. Diri Hails Victorious State Basketball Teams

Gov. Diri Hails Victorious State Basketball Teams

Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has congratulated the two state teams that emerged champions of the just-concluded Nestle Milo National Secondary Schools Basketball Championship in Lagos. The St. Jude’s Girls Model School, Amarata-Yenagoa won in the female category for a record seventh time while in the male category, Bishop Dimieari Grammar School, Ovom-Yenagoa, became champions for the first time. Governor Diri, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, described the lads as worthy sports ambassadors of the state. The Bayelsa helmsman said their victory was very heartwarming and encouraging as it was in line with his administration’s renewed policy of promoting sporting excellence and building the capacity of youths of the state. He said his adm...
Governor Diri Visits Bayelsa Queens, Directs Relocation Of Camp

Governor Diri Visits Bayelsa Queens, Directs Relocation Of Camp

Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, yesterday made a surprise visit to the camp of the state-owned female football team, Bayelsa Queens, to motivate the players. Not impressed with the state of facilities, Governor Diri directed the immediate relocation of the players from the camp to a more suitable place pending the provision of a permanent camp. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying the state government will take steps to provide a befitting permanent site for both Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens. The governor also directed that necessary steps be taken to ensure the immediate release of the bus for the female team. He expressed surprise that the bus was yet to be released to the team even after speaking to the supplier....
CAF Confederation Cup: Gov. Diri Motivates Victorious Bayelsa United

CAF Confederation Cup: Gov. Diri Motivates Victorious Bayelsa United

Sports
An elated Governor Douye Diri has given out N14 million motivation bonus to the state-owned Bayelsa United after its victory over visiting AS Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea in the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday. The match played at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa saw the youthful Bayelsa team winning by four goals to two. His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, in a statement on Monday, said before the game commenced, Governor Diri promised to handsomely encourage the players if they emerged victorious. He told the players and officials that the team would get N10m for a win and N1m for any goal scored; a promise he redeemed immediately the game ended. Senator Diri, who congratulated the club for the victory, urged the players not to ...
Edo 2020: Naira Rain As Gov. Diri Splashes N195m On Bayelsa Athletes *Adopts Oborodudu, Godbless For Special Funding

Edo 2020: Naira Rain As Gov. Diri Splashes N195m On Bayelsa Athletes *Adopts Oborodudu, Godbless For Special Funding

Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Wednesday, generously rewarded athletes that made the state proud at the National Sports Festival held in April this year in Edo State. An elated Governor Diri announced a total package of N195 million for the gold, sliver and bronze medallists as well as the coaches and secretaries of the teams. Bayelsa, for the first time, placed third on the final medals table behind Delta and Edo, a feat that surpassed its fourth place recorded since 2006 at the games held in Abeokuta, Ogun State. In a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the governor, who received the state's contingent inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Yenagoa, said the gesture was in appreciation of the honour they brought...
FIFA Council: Gov. Diri Congratulates Pinnick

FIFA Council: Gov. Diri Congratulates Pinnick

News Feature, Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described the election of President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, into the council of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) as another positive development for Nigeria on the global scale. Governor Diri in a congratulatory message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said with Pinnick, Nigeria put its best foot forward to occupy a top seat in the global football community. He stated that the NFF president has displayed remarkable passion for football development in Nigeria since assuming office and that he was not surprised that he has continued to excel as a football administrator. The Bayelsa helmsman, who was one-time Commissioner for Youth and Sports, noted ...
Gov. Diri Commends Firm For Bayelsa United Kitting Deal  *State Football Teams To Get New Boards

Gov. Diri Commends Firm For Bayelsa United Kitting Deal *State Football Teams To Get New Boards

News Feature, Sports
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has commended a Nigerian sports management company, XO Sports, for its kitting deal for the state-owned Bayelsa United Football Club. Governor Diri said he was excited that a young Nigerian entrepreneur, Mr. Luper Anaka, was behind the deal to kit the team at no cost to the state government. The governor gave the commendation in Government House, Yenagoa, when the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Daniel Igali, presented the official kits of Bayelsa United to him. In a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel, he called on multinational oil companies and corporate organisations to take over the sponsorship of sports as government ownership of teams was no longer fashionable. He noted that for sportin...
Bayelsa Govt signs MOU with FG on upgrading Asoama Sports Academy

Bayelsa Govt signs MOU with FG on upgrading Asoama Sports Academy

Breaking News, Sports
The Federal Government and the representative of the Bayelsa State Government signing the MOU The Federal Government and the representatives of the Bayelsa State Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) over the upgrading of the Sports Academy located in Asuama, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government Area of the State. Hon. Daniel Igali The State Commissioner for Sports and Youths Development, Hon. Daniel Igali, while on a tour of the Institute, announced that the MUO is expected to address the issues of upgrading of the facilities and structures in the academy. The Bayelsa Sports Academy was established in 2013 during the tenure of former Governor Henry Seriake Dickson as a premier institute of sports for the training of young talents in the country. The Sport...
NPA commissions ultra-modern sports complex…as NIPOSA Games kick-off in Lagos

NPA commissions ultra-modern sports complex…as NIPOSA Games kick-off in Lagos

Breaking News, Port News, Sports
By Sylvanus Ekpo The Nigerian Ports Authority Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman yesterday commissioned the remodeled NPA Sports Club at Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos. Other facilities commissioned include the Lawn Tennis and Basketball Courts and Long Jump Pit. The Managing Director noted that the facilities were in a "total state of dilapidation and dereliction" before the intervention of her Management to salvage the situation. She said sports was a key factor in workers productivity, hence the need to give the sports complex a facelift. "The rehabilitation and upgrading of the facility is a further testimony to our avowed belief in Corporate Society Responsibility to our host communities", and called on users of the facility to keep the high standard in a sustainable mann...