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FG appoints John Mikel Obi Youth Ambassador

The Federal Federal Government  has appointed erstwhile Super Eagles skipper, John Mikel  Obi  as Youth Ambassador to inspire young  Nigerians to strive  for excellence.
The event which took place at  the NOC secretariat, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Friday is another of  the  Minister’s initiative geared towards driving a vibrant youth for national development.
Speaking at the event, Minister of  Youth and  Sports  Development Mr Sunday  Dare  described the former Chelsea legend as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have positive impact on youths in the country.
The Minister promised to support Mikel’s vision and visions for sports development in the country and assured the Stoke City midfielder of Federal Government unalloyed support whenever he choses to invest in the country.
” Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the  lives of youth positively.
” It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerian,”  the Minister asserted.
In his response, Mikel expressed delight with his new portfolio and promised to work with the sports Ministry to foster youth development in the country.
” I feel highly honored to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling. I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among others”, said Mikel.
The event  was  followed by a  tour of the National stadium,  Surulere which is under going rehabilitation.
The  Minister stated that alot of efforts had been put into the   rehabilitation of the stadium with much emphasis on the pitch, scoreboard, tantran tracks and  the spectators’ stand.  He stressed that the  Ministry had also partnered with a private organization to change the seat  of  the 45, 000 capacity Stadium  to a standard  one
” A lot has been put in place to ensure that  the stadium returns to what it used to be. The seats are no loanger in line with FIFA standard, but we have partnered a private organization to have modern seats in place,” he concluded.

 

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