Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly, John Gaul Lebo wants the Cross River State Sports Commission to upgrade her operational framework in content and context to help the Commission achieve its mandate of reviving and revitalizing sports in Cross River State. Lebo gave the charge in Calabar, when a delegation of the Commission led by its Chairman Orok Otu Duke visited his office.
He maintained that the Assembly was willing to assist the commission, adding that the commission must systematically work at discovering and harvesting sports talents across the 18 local government areas of the state.
The Speaker, who spoke on behalf of the House of Assembly, said the House was committed to ensuring that all institutions established by laws enacted by the House were activated and funded to deliver on their mandates, reiterating that the Sports Commission would receive adequate attention in this respect.
According to the Speaker, the House of Assembly would be willing to amend any section of the law establishing the Commission no longer in tandem with present times as well as source for additional funding in view of the dwindling revenue of the state.
Earlier, Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission, Rt. Hon Orok Duke, had intimated the Speaker and members of the House about the poor state of sports facilities in the state while lamenting that the Commission had suffered neglect for eight years.
He assured the Speaker and members of the Commission’s preparedness to regenerate herself, submitting that a developmental programme targeting sports talents at the grassroots would be pursued.
On the National Sports Festival, Duke hinted that the state would be ready to host the Festival by the last quarter of the year, observing that the commission was working assiduously to ensure that every facility for the event was ready before for the fiesta.
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