Organisers of the 2nd Akwa Ibom State Youth Sports Festival say teams are gearing up for the event scheduled to hold in Uyo from March 5 to 10.
Governor Udom Emmanuel, who is the originator of the Games, is expected to declare the competition open alongside sports minister Solomon Dalung and other personalities from within and outside the state.
The Festival Torch, which has been going round the 31 Local Government Areas of the state, was received in Onna Local Government Area by the chairman Imo Atat on Monday.
Atat, who commended Emmanuel for the festival, said he was delighted to be part of a competition that had helped in discovering hidden talents for the country.
Meanwhile, the draw ceremony to officially herald the festival will be held at the Civil Service Auditorium in Uyo on Thursday, according to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Monday Uko.
He said, “His Excellency has approved cash awards for the local government areas who stand to cart home N10m, N5m and N2m respectively to help develop sports infrastructure in their local government councils.”
Uko said over 12,000 athletes from primary and secondary schools and 500 officials are set to compete in the 20-sport event.
Oruk Anam LGA are the defending champions.