The Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission, Mr. Orok Duke has revealed that the undoing of contractors handling the upgrading of the U. J. Esuene Stadium, conspiracy in the contractual process and contractors’ brazen litigations against the State Government as reasons for Cross River State to lose the right to host the National Sports Festival.
Mr. Duke made this known while speaking to newsmen at the State Sports Commission, U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar. The sports administrator frowned at the neglect and abandonment by contractors towards their contracts, adding that should they have completed their contracts duly, the hosting right would not have been withdrawn from Cross River State.
Decrying the impunity going on in the system, Mr. Duke pledged his Commission’s readiness to do everything legally possible to ensure that all contracts towards upgrading the U. J. Esuene Stadium are honoured and executed to the latter.
Recalling how the decision was taken at the National Council on Sports meeting in February, held in Kaduna, withdrawing the hosting right from Cross River and resolving to stage it later in November in Abuja, the sports administrator maintained that despite all these lacunae, the Governor Ben Ayade-led administration is poised to take sports development in the State to the next level.
The Chairman also thanked Governor Ben Ayade for donating two buses to Rangers Football Club of Calabar, who are currently atop of the Nigeria National League (NNL) and Pelican Stars, the State Female team playing in the Nigeria Professional football League, as well as upping their monthly remunerations to five million naira (5m).
He also heaped praises to the governor for approving funds for a foreign technical adviser for Rovers Football Club of Calabar, according to him, would return the glory days back to the club.
Duke further told sports lovers and the good people of the State that the recent continental and international successes recorded by athletes in the State are a tip of the iceberg to the efforts his Commission, nay the State Government is making in sports development.
The Chairman hinted that before the commencement of world cup in June 14, a full-fledged bar will be commissioned for the viewing pleasure of soccer faithful; and also specially thanked MTN Nigeria for promising to build a state-of-the-art health facility at the stadium to take care of the health needs of athletes. He called on corporate bodies and other well meaning Nigerians to contribute to sports development in the State.