LOC Declares Obudu Mountain Race Course Ready for Saturday

In Breaking News, Sports

by Guardian

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Obudu International Mountain Race has declared the course for the competition ready, just as it has promised to organise another hitch free competition this weekend when the eight edition of the race holds at the Obudu Ranch Resort, Cross River State.

LOC Chairman, William Archibong, disclosed at the weekend that his committee had concluded all arrangements for a perfect race, adding, “we have taken care of all logistics and want to assure Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, all Cross River indigenes and Nigerians in general that we will organise another successful race that befits the status of excellence we have achieved over the years.”

He added that officials of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) have started arriving in the country for the race, while elite runners would start coming in from today.

The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Patrick Ugbe, who is also a member of the LOC, also promised that the committee would fulfill Governor Imoke’s charge that this year’s race be used as a test-run for the World Mountain Running Championships, which the state is hosting in 2014.

Ugbe further disclosed that this year’s race will be run over 12 kilometres in line with the requirements of the world governing body for mountain running and is open to only professional runners.

`This is more like a fresh start for us because we will observe all the rules that govern a World Mountain Running Championships in this year’s race, but we are up to the task. The WMRA believes in us and the governor has confidence in our organisational abilities,” says Ugbe.

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4 commentsOn LOC Declares Obudu Mountain Race Course Ready for Saturday

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  • THIS IS ANOTHER MINDLESS, POINTLESS, PATHETIC AND UNACCEPTABLE WASTAGE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR A USELESS, WORTHLESS ANNUAL OBUDU MOUNTAIN RACE. AN EVENT THAT GUZZLES MORE THAN N250M OF TAX PAYERS FUND IN A POVERTY-STRICKEN STATE WHERE 62 PERCENT OF CHILDREN OF SCHOOL AGE ARE NOT IN PRIMARY SCHOOL ON ACCOUNT OF HARDSHIP, POVERTY AND MISERY, A STATE WITH HIGHEST INFANT MORTALITY RATES AND WITH WORST MATERNAL DEATHS IN THE SOUTH-SOUTH AND SOUTH -EAST REGIONS, A STATE WITH INCREASING NUMBER OF STREET CHILDREN ORPHANED BY HIV/AIDS, A STATE WHERE MORE THAN 73 PERCENT OF FAMILIES GO TO BED WITH EMPTY STOMACHS. A CRS WITH NON-FUNCTIONAL STATE HOSPITALS, THE STATE HOSPITALS HAVE EXPERTISE ONLY IN EMBALMENT. A POOR STATE WITH INCREDIBLE SELF-IMFLICTED INDEBTEDNESS, THE HIGHEST DEBTOR STATE IN NIGERIA (SEE CBN DIRECTIVE). A STATE WITH HUGE AGRIC RESOURCES BUT NO SINGLE AGRO-BASED FACTORY TO UTILIZE THESE PRODUCTS FOR WEALTH AND JOB CREATION. A CRS THAT JUST LOST HER OIL WELLS WITH POOR IGR WILL SHAMELESSLY AND PURPOSELESSLY EMBARK ON ANOTHER WASTEFUL, FRIVOLOUS, SHAMBOLIC OBUDU MT RACE WITH THE HIGHEST WINNING PRIZE IN THE WORLD WITH NO VERIFIABLE BENEFITS TO THE STATE. AND WE ASK THE CRSG TO TELL THE PEOPLE THE BENEFITS OF THIS YEARLY USELESS JAMBOREE, FRANKLY, THERE IS NONE. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CRS IN THE NAME OF TOURISM IS THE GREATEST FRAUD EVER UNLEASHED ON A PEOPLE IN A DEMOCRACY. A FORUM FOR STEALING AND LOOTING PUBLIC FUNDS. PLS WE CHALLENGE THE LOC MEMBERS,THE CRSG TO COME CLEAN TO EQUITY AND SHOW IN CLEAR TERMS THE ACCRUALS FROM 8 YEARS OF WASTE AND PRODIGALITY TERMED OBUDU MT RACE. THESE FUNDS CAN BE USED TO EFFCTIVELY REDUCE HARDSHIP AND POVERTY IN THE LAND THROUGH PEOPLE-ORIENTED PROJECTS. PLS THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO TACKLE THE PEOPLES HARDSHIP WHICH IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT.

    • Dear Shayne,I am very moved by your comments, and I feel prtepomd by them to dig deeper into my own behaviors and attitudes. Especially the comfort of holding on to negative images of oneself.Thanks to you.Some time back at work, our staff formed a white identity study group in preparation for offering dialogues about white identity to our students. One thing I discovered as a participant in the original group was how much difficulty I and the other white participants had in naming and owning positive attributes for whiteness. I think on the one hand, we feared being seen as politically incorrect to name positive attributes of whiteness sounded too much like white supremacy. Moreover, in addition to the ego comfort that you described about holding onto negative stereotypes, there was also a sort of ego boost in denigrating whiteness we could feel that we were good ones good white people, which made us better than other members of our group.Obviously, all this kept us caught in our egos, and did nothing to contribtute to the goal of working for racial equity and understanding. We concluded (even though we/I do not consistently act on this insight, of course) that until we were able to claim the positive things about being socialized as a WASP, we could not genuinely work to overcome the negative things that our identity creates in the world.So, when does our race/gender group meet again? I miss you folks.Love, Charles

    • Why do I bother cllaing up people when I can just read this!

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