By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday reaffirmed the state’s readiness to host the 21st Africa Senior Athletics Championship (ASAC) tagged “Asaba 2018’’.
The competition will hold from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5.
Okowa, just back from a two-week vacation, gave the assurance while inspecting ongoing work at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, venue of the event.
He expressed delight that all major works at the stadium had been completed and assured that all necessary facilities would be in place before the opening of the competition on Sunday.
“We are ready to host the African Senior Athletics Championship; most of the facilities are ready and by Sunday, few days from now, all the facilities will be ready for the opening.
“I was happy that we had a successful African trials as it showed our preparedness to host the whole of Africa,” Okowa said.
He, however, urged the people of the state in particular and Nigerians, to turn up en masse to watch the competition.
He said “as Deltans, we should be proud that we are hosting the whole of Africa; we should be proud and we expect Nigerians to turn up and cheer the athletes.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was conducted round the facilities by the championship’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman, Chief Solomon Ogba.