By Kendi Jumbo
As part of effort towards galvanizing unity and peaceful coexistence amongst the people at the grassroots, an aide to the state Governor, Hon. Mbuotidem B. Affia yesterday sponsored and kicked off a unity football tournament tagged " Gov. Udom Unity Football Tournament " in Ikot Edet group of villages, Etim Ekpo LGA.
Hon. Affia who was accompanied to the kick-off ceremony by his colleagues and friends including Hon. Mfreke Elijah (also an aide to the governor), said the tournament was his own little way of mobilizing unity of purpose, peaceful coexistence amongst his brothers and sisters at the grassroots as well as galvanizing their support for the administration of his boss, Gov. Udom Emmanuel beyond 2019.
Affia who is also the state Chairman, League of Professionals, noted with delight the numerous people oriented policies and programs of the state government especially in the areas of industrialization and human capacity building and, urged the people of the area to always support the governor and his policies, adding that, such gesture will continue to attract blessings to them.
"This unity football tournament which is being kicked off today is according to it's title, dedicated to our dear governor. As a lover of peace, unity and progress, it is therefore the wish of the governor and that of all of us that this unity tournament will live up to its expectation.
" I want to advice that as we are playing on this tournament, let us also reflect on the spirit of peace and unity and eschew violence and other vices in it entirety, Hon. Affia maintained.
Also speaking at the event, another aide of the governor, Hon. Mfreke Elijah commended his colleague, Mbuotidem Affia for the vision and commitment which according to him, culminated to the hosting of the tournament.
Hon. Elijah while also commending the teams/people for turning up enmasse for the tournament, assured them of the governor's resolve in building at least one standard sports stadiums in each of the federal constituencies in the state.
He, however, noted with delight that the tournament was capable of nurturing and producing talents in sporting fields in the nearest possible future, and called on the players to use the opportunity in showcasing their best to the world.
Meanwhile, in a chat with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman, Comr. Uwem Eno Isaiah, he disclosed that four (4) teams are to lock horns in the competition and that each team is billed to go home with a Price of not less than a hundred thousand naira while two hundred thousand is for the winning team as well as other consolation prices.
Also, a youth leader in the community, Comr. Godwin O. H. commended the sponsor of the tournament, Hon. Affia for his vision and stake for the successful flaging off of the tournament, adding that the gesture will bring about lasting peace, unity and overall progress of the community.