By Jonas Ugwuanyi, Enugu
The Enugu State Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Chijioke Edoga has described the ongoing boxing talent-hunt initiative in the state as capacity-building and an employment generation for the school children.
Edoga who made the assertion when the technical committee handling the talent hunt visited the Union Secondary School, Isi-uzo LGA, said the exercise was the worthwhile as both the initiator and the beneficiaries stood to gain.
He advised that given the nature of the sports, the organisers should ensure that all the necessary precursory measures should be in place before the actual competition started.
The Transitional Committee Chairman of Isi-uzo Local Government, Benjamin Edoga in apseech commended the sponsor of the programme, the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, for deeming it necessary to embark on such a project.
He described the exercise as `Catch them young’.
The LGA Chairman noted that selecting them from the secondary school level would provide the school children with alternative means of developing their talents outside academics.
He stressed that the youths would through the exercise, be properly engaged in the state and encouraged the children to take the opportunity provided by the exercise seriously.
The chairman commended the state Government for providing the enabling environment for the initiative and pledged his council’s support to the programme.
The Coordinator of the project and former world lightweight boxing champion, Ikechukwu Okoronkwo said the committee had so far visited nine LGAs in the state.
Echonewsng.com reports that the excercise was aimed at sensitising the LGAs about the benefits of boxing as an actct of self defence and to raise potential talents to represent the state and country at major sporting competitions.
These include the state mini festival, the National Sports Festival, the Commowealth nad Olympic Games.
These talents could in future turn professionals and earn a living out of practising the sport. ##