10 July 2013

NIGERIA : Dickson Hails Nestle Milo Basketball Champions

Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has commended St. Jude's Girls' Secondary School, Amarata, Yenagoa for their successful defence of the Nestle Milo All Nigeria Secondary Schools Basketball Championship title.
St. Jude's players dominated play from start to finish to edge past Government Secondary School, Gboko, Benue State by 26 points to 18 in the Championship game of the female event of the 2013 Nestle Milo National Basketball Championships in Lagos.
Speaking with Government House correspondents in Yenagoa, Governor Dickson noted with satisfaction, the remarkable outing of the school in the annual schools basketball showpiece, describing it as a big boost to his administration's efforts at giving sports its pride of place in the scheme of things.
"I want to say that we are proud of you and the honour you have brought to our state. On behalf of a grateful state, I congratulate you and assure you of our continued support now and going forward, we have to ensure that you keep our flag flying at the national level and even beyond.
"We also want to reassure our youths that, government will continue to make massive investments in youth development and empowerment. I want to therefore, once again call on our youths to take advantage of the various programmes to improve themselves," stressed the governor.
While, congratulating them for making the state proud, he assured them of government's continued support and encouragement in their bid to remain a dominant force in the nation's basketball arena.
The Bayelsa State chief executive used the opportunity to reaffirm government's resolve to continuously invest massively in Youth development and talent hunt programmes from the grassroots level, with a view to ensuring that talents discovered are given the right training and orientation through the state's Sports Academy to excel.
"The Sports Academy we are building is for you, because we know that among you our youths, we have some of the best sporting talents and we owe you a duty to encourage you to excel in your area of sports and this is what we have set out to achieve by putting in place the right facilities."
Governor Dickson renewed his call on youths across the state to channel their energies to more profitable ventures and equally take advantage of government's youth friendly programmes to rediscover their talents as well as become more useful to themselves and society at large.

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