Sunday, March 3, 2013
Center Will Be Regional – Ogba -Wants Nigerian Athletes To Key In
The High Performance Center approved for Nigeria by the IAAF will be a regional one when operational, said the President of the AFN, Evangelist Solomon Ogba.
The elated Ogba, who said athletes from Cameroon, Benin Republic and Niger among others will be using the center, advised Nigeria athletes to also take the opportunity the center will bring as the University of Port Harcourt will be running a scholarship program for athletes when the center becomes operational. He stated that most of Nigeria professional athletes are under scholarships in schools in the USA and enjoined athletes at home to key into the Scholarship the UNIPORT will be giving out to its athletes when the center becomes operational later this year.
“I am very happy we got the approval of the center from the IAAF. The center will be functioning very soon and when it does, it will be a regional one. “Athletes from Cameroon, Benin Republic, Niger and others will be using the center also so I will advise Nigerians to make good use of it.
“Most of our athletes are in the USA and other European countries under scholarships and I will advise the ones back to key into the UNIPORT scholarship when the center starts because there is life after sports,” said Ogba, while also thanking the Director General of National Sports Commission for his support.