17th June, 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan says the 17th National Sports Festival would provide a platform for the engagement of youths in productive sporting activities.
Jonathan stated this yesterday during the official flag hoisting ceremony of the Sports Festival, tagged Garden City Games, at the Sharks Football Club Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The President, who was represented by the Speaker, House of Representatives Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, said the sports festival would enhance unity and promote understanding in the country.
He said the championship will take youths away from vices that militate against the development of the country.
The President thanked the government and people of Rivers State for accepting to host the festival which is expected to be one a world class sports activities in Port Harcourt.
Also speaking, the Rivers State governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said the state has taken adequate security measures to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the festival.
â€”Okafor Ofiebor/ Port Harcourt