Create enabling environment for youth development, former AIG urges states | The Guardian Nigeria News


Ministries of Youth and Sports Development across the country have been tasked with formulating deliberate policies that will keep young people engaged at all times.

This advice was given by the owner of the Ivory Tower Schools in Nigeria, the retired Assistant Inspector of Police, Mr. Udom Ekpoudom, after leading members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN ), of the Akwa Ibom State Council, during a tour of the sports facilities at his school located in Ediene Abak.

Ekpoudom said that with such policies, young people would be guided on how to use their time in remunerative engagement, thereby reducing their involvement in activities harmful to the development of society.

The retired AIG said his love for the development of sport in his schools stemmed from the fact that he engaged the minds and intellects of the students, thereby diverting their attention from social vices.

He added that one of the driving forces behind his zeal to build sports infrastructure is the realization that sports could be used as bait to sharpen the intellectual abilities of students and pupils.

“I love my state and will always indulge in anything that will further the development of my state. I have ventured into schools because I intend to support the growth of education in my state.

“Today we build sports infrastructure with the deliberate aim of harnessing the love of sports to sharpen the intellectual abilities of our students and pupils,” he said.

Earlier, Akwa Ibom State SWAN Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan said the tour became necessary for its members to see firsthand the school’s conscious efforts in sports development.

“We have heard the story of the revival of sports infrastructure at your school and we are here to witness it firsthand. As sports writers, we are committed to the development and promotion of sport and it is our responsibility to report this development to the general public, wherever it occurs.

The infrastructure visited at the school, which now includes nursery, university, elementary and secondary schools with branches in Port Harcourt and other parts of the country, is a mini stadium with a capacity of 500 seats, with plastic seats and a standard natural grass football pitch. with reinforced aluminum goal posts, modern basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, two badminton courts and a standard indoor gym.

Others are a long jump court, a fully furnished squash court and a standard swimming pool.


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