By Taofeek Lawal
President of the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Ibrahim Mohammad has said that hosting the festival in Otukpo would bring lasting changes to schools in the local government. It would be recalled that the 7th National School Sports Festival, tagged “Mark of Excellence” is holding in Otukpo, Benue courtesy of David Mark, the senate president.
Mohammad said this while briefing sports writers on the benefit of the games to the host on Monday.
He said that most of the schools were met in poor conditions infrastructurally for sporting and accommodation purposes but noted that they have undergone some form of facelift since the festival commenced on Nov. 6. He pointed out it would also inspire sporting spirit in the students and leave the schools that were used with lasting legacies. T
he school sports administrator thanked Mark for identifying with the federation and giving the Otukpo council the privilege of hosting the largest number of Nigerian sporting children. “As you can see, the festival is impacting on the social life of Otukpo; the schools are now being renovated with mosquito nets, carpets, paintings and landscaping. Food vendors are everywhere for anyone who wish to enjoy Benue food, the economy is booming, and the children are happy seeing each other, all these are made possible by the senate president and the shall remain with them when we leave,” he said. The screening exercise for the festival was conducted on Monday and competition in various events continues on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Anambra which taking part in 19 events are currently on top of the medals table after taking first in the march pass, while Niger and Jigawa are second and third respectively.
A total of 21 games would take place in 11 venues including St. Francis College, St. Anne’s Secondary School, Wesley High School, Jesus College and Govt. Day Secondary School. Others are Bishop Okwoche Grammar School, IG Mark Court, St. Mark’s Golf Club, Golf Club Akpegede and David Mark’s House all in Otukpo.