Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the international polo tournament to be hosted in the state in 2018 will promote the state’s economy.
Wike, who spoke during a courtesy visit by the Port Harcourt Polo Club officials to the Government House, explained that the influx of polo stars from different parts of the world would be beneficial to businesses in the state.
He lauded the club for attracting an international tournament to the state, saying the state government would support the event.
Wike directed both the sports and tourism ministries to work with the club to organise a tournament that all Nigerians would be proud of.
He said. “We will support the hosting of the international polo tournament. We will partner the organisers to place Port Harcourt on the international map once again.
“Outsiders are coming to host international tournaments and seminars in Rivers State because the state is peaceful. It is interesting that the entire world is coming to Port Harcourt to play polo.”
The governor urged the club to be apolitical, saying that they should concentrate on sports and economic development.
President of the club, Mr Iyene Amapakabo, said the tournament would attract players from the United Kingdom, Argentina, Asia and South Africa .
Amapakabo solicited the support of the state government, saying that the tournament would attract economic and social benefits to the state.
While commending the governor for executing projects in the state, he assured Wike that the club would continue to support his administration.
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