Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel on Friday won the Sports Governor of the Year award at the 2017 Nigerian Sports Award in Lagos.
According to the organisers, the awards are aimed at honouring persons who have significantly contributed to the advancement of sports in the country.
Other award categories were the Sports Personality of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, and Team of the Year.
The chairman of the award panel, Mr. Kweku Tandoh, said the winners emerged through public vote, which ran from October 5 to November 12.
In a statement, he said Emmanuel won the award because of his contribution to sports development in his state.
The statement said, “Since his assumption of office, Emmanuel has championed the drive for sports revolution in Nigeria. Through the efforts of the amiable sports-loving governor, Akwa Ibom has become the emerging football capital of Nigeria, playing host to the national team — the Super Eagles — all through their qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“The state-owned football team, Akwa United, have been the most funded and best managed state-owned team, which have seen the team emerge as winners of the Federation Cup twice in three years. The female team, Ibom Angels, also emerged as runners-up in the women’s Federation Cup for the first time in 2017.”
The award was received by the Chairman of Akwa United and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports, Mr. Paul Bassey.
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