by crossriverwatch admin
The annual Cross River State schools soccer fiesta has been taken over by the United Cement Company with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the company and the State government.
Managing Director of United Cement Company, Unicem, Olivier Lenoir said the taking over of the soccer competition was part of the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility aimed at creating avenue for talent discovery and development of young people in Cross River State.
He said the company will inject N10 million into the grass root soccer competition with the state Ministry of Youths and Sports as manager.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Mr Patrick Ugbe said, government’s decision to bring the private sector into sports was part of the state comprehensive sports development program.
Ugbe eulogized the effort of Unicem in supporting soccer in the state, stressing that Unicem’s giant strides in Cross River State has attracted and spur other corporate companies to support sports even at the national level.
United Cement Company says it has spent three hundred and sixty million Naira to support football in Cross River State within five years it took over the former Calabar Rovers in 2008.
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