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NSF: Diri, beacon of hope for sports in Nigeria

•All set for Governor’s scrabble tourney, says Alabrah

By Aherhoke Okioma

The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) has hailed the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri’s commitment to sports development in general and the game of scrabble in particular.

The NSF President, Engr Toke Aka, gave the commendation in a chat with journalists ahead of this weekend’s second edition of the Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Aka described Governor Diri as a beacon of hope for sports development in Nigeria and the continent.

The NSF boss said Diri is an example worthy of emulation in sports development, sponsorship, youth empowerment and nation-building. The Trumpet Gathered

He stated that the governor’s scrabble championship was a key vehicle to developing the game of words and the mind.

Aka gave him thumbs up for changing the sporting narrative about Bayelsa, saying the state’s performance at different national sporting events since he assumed office in the last two years lends credence to
his commitment to positively engaging and empowering youths of the state and Nigeria.

“By his commitment, Governor Douye Diri has continued to show that there is hope for sports to develop in Nigeria and our continent. He is8ia beacon of hope for sportsmen and women as well as the stakeholders,”
the NSF boss said.

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“The Bayelsa governor is equally a shining example worthy of emulation not only in sports development and sponsorship but also in the area of youth empowerment and nation-building,” Aka added.

Also, the chairman of the Bayelsa State Scrabble Association, Mr DanielAlabrah, said all was set for the governor’s two-day tournament this weekend in the Bayelsa capital.

Alabrah, who is Chief Press Secretary to the governor, disclosed that about 300 participants were expected from across Nigeria and neighboring Ghana to compete for the N5m prize money,

He stated that there will be 15 rounds of games in the five categories, namely Masters, Intermediate, Veterans, Opens and Students.

The registration for the Bayelsa-based secondary school students, who should not be above 16 years, is free while there are also special prizes for the best female participants in all the categories.

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