Abia Governor Ignites Passion for Sports: Inaugurates First Edition of Secondary School Unity Games Torch

Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Chioma Otti, OFR, emphasizes his administration’s dedication to revitalizing grassroots sports in the State during the inauguration of the inaugural Abia Secondary School Unity Games Torch at Umuahia Township Stadium.

Represented by Deputy Governor Engr. Ikechukwu Lekwachi Emetu, FNSE, Governor Otti encourages students to “cultivate and showcase their inherent talents, not only representing Abia State but contributing on a national level.” He urges them to avoid youthful indiscretions and embrace true sportsmanship in the inaugural Governor Alex Otti’s Secondary School Unity Games.

Commending the achievements of Abia’s Para Olympic athletes at the 2023 Abuja Para-Olympic Games, where the state secured second place, the Deputy Governor acknowledges their resilience, emphasizing that “ability exists in disability.” He assures Abia’s youth of Governor Otti’s unwavering commitment to youth development, regardless of their circumstances.

Chairman of Abia Warriors FC, Coach John Obu, expresses optimism about Abia’s economic progress under Governor Alex Chioma Otti, OFR. He applauds the Governor for prioritizing sports development and nurturing young talents.

The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Sir Nwaobilor Ananaba, acknowledges the Ministry’s previous state and credits Governor Otti’s approval for a “school sports revival sensitization tour.” He views the first edition of Governor Alex Otti’s Secondary School Unity Games as a result of this tour, emphasizing its role in establishing a robust sports foundation at the grassroots.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House Umuahia, and Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Development, Hon. Chinedu Ekeke, praises Governor Otti’s commitment to excellence, highlighting advancements in infrastructure and human capital development in the state.

The event’s highlights include the decoration of Para Olympians and the ceremonial lighting of the inaugural Governor Alex Otti’s Secondary School Unity Games Torch by the Deputy Governor.