** As DOS reaffirms athletes dedication
By Aturu Bishop
Poised on the need to support and encourage it contingent at the ongoing National Sports Festival holding in Benin, Edo State, the Kogi State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Idris Musa made a surprise visit to the camp of the state contingent.
The commissioner who was followed by administrative members of the ministry and Sports council thanked the contingent for enduring all the challenges faced so far.
Musa who addressed athletes and official welfare made known that the State government under the leadership of His Excellency, Yahaya Bello is working round the clock to ensure the state contingent are comfortable and well motivated.
He urged all athletes to be focus and not be distracted by any circumstances, adding that thier is always reward for hardwork.
While disclosing and assuring that the state government will recognise and reward all medalist, he added that he would personally give cash gift to outstanding athlete.
Similarly, the Director of Sports, Onipe Obakachi in his remark at the meeting thanked the Commissioner for his visit, stressing that his visit has changed the mood in the camp of Kogi.
He further disclosed that prior before his arrival, their was serious unrest as regards internal issues and some of the challenges faced by the athletes and officials as regards the festival organisation.
Onipe however promised the state of athletes and officials unflinching resolve to perform well and deliver beyond expectations.
Speaking on behalf of the athletes, one of Kogi boxing medalist, Ekele thanked the State government and the Commissioner while assuring the State of athletes dedication to deliver medals.