Edo First Lady, Betsy Commends Sportsville, arrives Lagos for Awards Ceremony
By George Aluo
First Lady of Edo State, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, has given a pat on the back to the organisers of the Sportsville Awards which holds tomorrow night in Lagos.
Mrs Obaseki, one of the recipients of the prestigious Award, spoke moments after arriving Lagos for the ceremony.
The award is being bestowed on her courtesy of her pet project, the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT), which she has been using to empower the girl child in Edo State and the nation as a whole.
The Edo State First Lady has for two years been organising the Betsy Obaseki Football Tournament that attracts teams from different parts of the country.
The football tournament is also used to organize seminars and workshop aimed at eradicating girl- child trafficking use of drugs and other vices.
Mrs Obaseki, while commending the organisers of the Award said acknowledging what she is doing is soul lifting.
“For me, this is a soul lifting award. I am happy some people somewhere are taking note of what we are doing in Edo State.
“That organisation as credible as Sportsville is keeping tabs with what we are doing to empower girl child using sports makes this special.
“I feel so excited that the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT), is growing every year and the dividends are already emerging.
“That I’ m in Lagos to personally receive the award shows what it means to me. To the organisers, I say a big thank you. I also want to use this opportunity to thank all the corporate bodies and individuals that have made BOWFT a huge success.
“From the very beginning, we made it clear that the tournament will be private sector driven and I am excited with the level of support we are getting from the private sector.” Mrs Obaseki added.
14 other eminent Nigerians are to be bestowed with the Sportsville Awards at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja. The event starts by 7 pm.
The Hon Sports Minster, Chief Sunday Dare, and the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt Hon Philip Shaibu, are the Chairman and Special Guest of Honour respectively.