Ebonyi govt set to launch inter-school sports competition
By Ruth Oginyi
As a way of engaging the youths in productive ventures and harnessing their hidden talents, the government of Ebonyi state, last Friday, announced plans for inter-school sports competitions among public schools in the state.
It further said building self-reliance in the youth was a priority and encouraged the youths to stand up for their destiny.
Governor David Umahi stated this during 65 Senate emergency conferences of the Association of National Association of Nigeria students at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki the state capital.
“We are starting our famous inter-school sports. It is the product of EndSARS protest. It will soon start and so our students are going to be very busy again. You are the one that will be designing the bridges that we ply. If we do not take proper care of you, how can you take care of us.”
“The truth is that I love the youths when I see a young man that is doing very well, I feel so much fulfilled, I am so excited by the number of disciplined and well-dressed youths that gathered here, when I listened to the Senate President speak, I became more proud about the future of this country.
“I think you have dwelt so much in the job of follow-follow. It is time to take the future in your hands, you are leaders and great leaders, you have got to believe in yourselves. I believe in our students, after the COVID-19, our Government decided to reduce school fees in our higher institutions, even though our fees in Ebonyi state were the smallest in the entire country. This was to alleviate the problems of our parents. We decided that you have 24-hour light in Ebonyi State University on both campuses.
“We also felt that there should be water running throughout, we will be achieving 100 percent before the end of April. If you do not stand up to prepare a place for your children, your children will suffer more than you, you are struggling and if you don’t take time, your generation will not take leadership, you got to say no to that”
He said the government was targeting over 200 Ebonyi students of King David School to make A1 in their junior secondary school exam. “Everything about them is taken care of by the government.
On fuel subsidy, Governor Umahi declared that fuel subsidy currently being canvassed by some people was not a blessing to the country. “We subsidise fuel for N70 billion monthly. It is not true that the nation uses 60 million barrels daily. Fuel subsidy is not in the interest of anyone.”