By ZIKA BOBBY
The Managing Director of Rojenny Sports Complex, Oba, in Anambra State, Rommy Ezeonwuka, has urged Governor Willie Obiano to declare a state of emergency in the sports sector in the state.
Ezeonwuka made the call when he received the leadership of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra State Chapter at the Rojenny Stadium in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area on Tuesday.
He said that sports administrators in the state had failed the youths because of their inability to conceptualise and implement programmes that were amenable to sports excellence.
He said the N10 billion Rojenny Complex was under utilised because such activities as inter-house sports, school sports, state sports festival and other organised games were no more.
“I call on Governor Obiano to declare a state of emergency in the sports sector in Anambra.I declare lack of confidence in those that are in charge of sports management in Anambra and hereby call for their sack and replacement with vibrant, creative, proactive and talented people.”
“The youths of Anambra have been exposed to unbearable neglect. Those that would have given this country gold at the world stage and make our state proud have been denied the opportunity to develop their potentials by our sports managers.
“Anambra has huge potentials to give the world the best in athletics, soccer, boxing and tennis but because school sports is dead, sports festival is dead, these potentials have died in them,’’ he lamented.
Ezeonwuka urged the youths to forgive the governor because he meant well, saying he has them at heart but that his lieutenants were weak and had not much to offer.
“Anybody who sees this over N10 billion sports facilities lie idle and is not moved is an enemy of sports and the youths of Anambra State, I invested in sports because I want to develop talents and help the government to manage youths,’’ he said.
Ezeonwuka enjoined SWAN members in Anambra to work for the revival of sports through effective and objective coverage of events as they remained the hope of people.
He expressed his willingness to partner with the body, adding that he was convinced that sports had assumed a new life with the zeal of the new SWAN in Anambra.
The chairman of SWAN in Anambra, Anthony Oji, lauded Ezeonwuka for building the biggest sports complex east of the River Niger back in 1986 in the interest of youth development.