The International Sports Press Association , African Section (AIPS) has nominated Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the AIPS African “Power of Sports” (POS) award.
African President of International Sports Press (AIPS), Mr Mitchell Obi announced this during a courtesy visit to the Government House Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Mitchell Obi who led other Presidents of Sports Writers Associations stated that the AIPs will bestow on Governor Wike with a badge of honour in recognition of his investments in the sports sector.
He said that Governor Wike is the first recipient of the award in the African continent. He said there are four other awardees globally.
The AIPS President said that the award ceremony would hold at a later date during the international congress of the association.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike dedicated the award to the people of Rivers State, pledging to sustain the development of Sports in the state.He assured the global association of sports writers that he will live up to the requirements of the award by ensuring that sports is used as a tool for empowerment. Governor Wike said the sports is being used in the state to promote peace, unity and development.
The governor noted that the African Wrestling Championship hosted by the State Government has promoted the unity of the continent.
He said that by the first week of March, the Real Madrid Football Academy foundation stone will be laid in the state.
Highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of a special souvenir to Governor Wike by the AIPS President.