The Special Adviser to Gov. Hope Uzodinma on Diaspora Affairs (Europe), Mr Aloysius Nnawugo, has described sport as a potential tool for wealth creation.
Nnawugo said this on Tuesday in Owerri, when he held an interactive session with members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Imo chapter.
He therefore underscored the need for government at all levels to pay priority attention to sports development in order to create wealth for the nation.
He said that sports had been fully harnessed in developed nations of the world to create wealth and expressed the need for such feat to be replicated in Imo.
The governor’s aide said that funding and development of sports should not be left in the hands of government alone.
He therefore appealed to groups, corporate bodies and wealthy individuals to assist government to develop sports in the state.
He said his office would liaise with sports managers and educators in America and Europe to contribute in harnessing the potential of Imo youths with abundant talents in sports.
Nnawugo promised to organise a town hall meeting for Imo indigenes in London, where athletes from the state would be invited and wooed to come home and invest their experience in the state.
He said that the governor was poised to transform the sports sector, with emphasis on grassroots sports.
He gave assurance that the state government would partner SWAN to realise its objective in sports.
In a remark, the state Chairman of SWAN, Evarest Ezihe, advised Nnawugo to leverage the opportunities offered by his office to develop sports in Imo.
Ezihe also urged Nnawugo to ensure that Imo athletes in diaspora were encouraged to invest their wealth of experience in the state.
He promised that SWAN would continue to play a leading role in sports coverage in Imo.
He assured Nnawugo that SWAN would continue to provide adequate coverage to his policies and programmes for sports development. (NAN)