By CrossRiverWatch admin
The newly appointed Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission, Hon. Orok Duke has blamed the close to two years delay in hosting the National Sports Festival on shylock contractors who collected monies and failed to deliver on the event venues on schedule.
The festival dubbed “Paradise Games” which was supposed to be hosted by Cross River state since 2014 after the Eko Games in Lagos has since been postponed twice owing to non readiness of event venues.
But the new Chairman of the State Sports Commission, which has been resurrected after eight years of inactivity, said in a post on facebook that the Commission is taking stock of the rot in order to map out strategies for intervention.
In his words, Hon. Orok “I am presently doing some stock taking. Ogoja, Ikom and Calabar stadia are in the doldrums and Governor Ayade just activated the Sports Commission that was relegated for over 8years.
“The National Sports Festival that Cross River State was billed to host in 2014 is still in the wings, waiting for sundry contractors that were paid, close to 80% to complete their contracts.
“Indoor Sports Hall in Calabar, Stadium Hostel, Sports Commission Headquarters, CRUTECH and UNICAL Stadium venues are already decaying. Time is really of the essence.
“It will be a high hill to climb, but not insurmountable. We never shy away from patriotic tasks, but would require all the help available to reawaken sports in all the Local Government Areas and consolidate same.” He wrote.
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