While inaugurating the committee, which members include two international football stars, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Victor Ikeba at the Government House Exco Chamber in Asaba, the governor said that school sports was important because motivates students to achieve higher self-esteem.
Governor Uduaghan who directed that the competition should commence in the first term of next academic session appealed to the committee to be diligent in their responsibility to ensure the maintenance of healthy body weight, lifestyle and chronic disease prevention among students.
The governor said his administration’s determination to explore Secondary school sports is hinged on the fact that it can become a foundation on which future sports is built through talent hunt and training to attain professional football status.
Responding, Chairman of the Committee and Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare commended the initiative of the state government in re-introducing secondary school sports competition to help build future international athletes.
A member of the committee, a renowned football commentator, Mr. Harrison Ocholor also assured that the team selected by the governor would work conscientiously to achieve the desired goals of developing schools football in the state.