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Delta govt. proposes N15.7 billion for sports commission’s development

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The Delta State government proposes to spend N15.7 billion to strengthen its Sports Commission during the 2023 fiscal year.

The executive chairman of the Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, disclosed this during the 2023 budget defence meeting with the State House of Assembly Committee on Youths and Sports on Thursday in Asaba.

Mr Okowa, who was represented by the commission’s director-general, Christopher Anazia, said out of the figure, N8.9 billion was for capital expenditure, while N6.8 billion was for recurrent expenditure.

He said that out of the amount, the commission was proposing N5.3 billion for sports development, which he identified as a ‘Special Area’ in the state.

Mr Okowa said under the capital expenditure, the projects to be executed included the construction of a mini stadium at Koko in Warri, Owa-Oyibu stadium in Ika South, Agbor township stadium in Ika Northeast, and maintenance of stadia across the state.

He also said the commission was proposing N5.3 billion as the overhead cost to cater for sports development in the state.

“The areas to cover under this subhead include the state and national sports festivals, state and national sports competitions, grants to Warri Wolves, grants to Delta Queens, and grants to other football clubs, among others,” Mr Okowa said.

He, however, appealed to the committee to increase funding for the various state sports leagues, adding that they needed to be adequately funded.

“The Delta Queens and Warri Wolves are doing excellently well in their various leagues, and they need funding to maintain their leading position.

“Secondly, the commission has a lot of qualified professionals, and over the years, they have not been sent for training and retraining, nor there they been able to pay their annual subscription fees.

“I crave the indulgence of the committee to allocate us funds to enable our professionals to maintain their membership status with their different associations.

“Lastly, to make provision for funds for the purchase of buses for various sports associations to enhance the movement of sportsmen and women to various national competition venues across the country,” Mr Okowa said.

He commended the committee members for efficiently performing their oversight functions and said that the Commission was almost set to host the National Sports Festival in the state.

Responding, the committee chairman, Fred Martins, assured the commission that the committee would look into its request.

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Source: Peoples Gazette.