The finals of this year’s 14th AKS/NNPC/MPN Schools Athletics Championships is expected to hold at the newly built Akwa Ibom Ultra Modern International Stadium in Uyo, as Schools and Colleges are set for the event.
In a memo addressed to all the stakeholders last week, the Consultant to the project Paul Bassey said he was happy to inform them that Mobil Producing Nigeria has once again decided to keep faith with a laudable initiative it launched thirteen years ago, by deciding to facilitate this years championship.
“As in previous editions, we are much grateful to NNPC and it’s Joint Venture Partner, Mobil Producing Nigeria for the faith it has kept with this programme which has contributed immensely in the development of track and field in our schools and colleges.
He reminded them how the state Government has benefitted immensely from the grassroots initiative which he considered “the biggest fixture in the state’s sports calendar”.
“Permit me to remind us that last year, thanks to this developmental initiative and it’s products, Akwa Ibom State emerged champions in the athletics event of the National Junior Sports Festival held in Abuja”.
Bassey also revealed that there will be a stakeholders meeting in Uyo on 7 November to fine tune preparations for the Zonals that will be held a week earlier in the eight sports zones of the state.
Omon Bassey Omon, Coordinator for Ibiono Ibom Zone confirmed the development and said the Local Government trials are on as the schools are already sensitized for the event.
A director in the State Schools Sports Board Dr Lucia Ituen was also all praises for Mobil Producing. “What could we have done without them? The state ministry of education will forever be grateful to them for giving our students an opportunity for first class extra curricula activity” She said.