Athletes Lament State Of Recreational Facilities In PH Township
The condition of the recreational facilities provided by the Rivers State Government in Port Harcourt Township has become a source of worry to users.
The recreational sports facilities include those at No. One Field, Five and Six Fields are in deplorable condition and need urgent attention by the government.
Some of the sportsmen who spoke to The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt lamented the state of the facilities, stressing that it negates the good intension of government to provide recreation facilities to engage the youths meaningfully.
Coach of Port Galaxy Football Club, Coach Deima Tamunokuro said the facilities at No. Six field are in poor state although they are now used to playing on the sandy ground rather than on a grass turf.
He hinted that the structure needed total reconstruction as it is an eye-sore and dangerous to footballers and spectators who thronged the arena daily to watch games, despite the challenges of hoodlums who pose security threat to people at night.
Tamunokuro noted that as one of the few surviving fields in Port Harcourt Township, the government should maintain the facilities as it had encouraged lots of talented football players.
The Coach opined that regular trainings without football tournaments is like planting without water, and appealed to the sports loving Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to encourage grassroot football.
Also speaking, Chief Bishop West who played for NEPA FC and other clubs years back said the Number Six field is dilapidated with destitute hanging around, adding that the roofs are also bad.
“Let them construct a better field like number one field as football has reduced crime rate in Port Harcourt Township as both old and young men go and exercise themselves,” West posited.
Henry Jeremiah, Jacob Debor and Engr. Ifiesimama Omineokuma-Kile who played Tennis at Number Five Field also lamented the deplorable condition of the courts, the flood lights, poles and the wire gauze, stressing that the courts need renovation to justify the good intention of the government.
According to them, the tennis courts are not supposed to be in such condition.
They thanked the Rivers State Government for providing the facilities as people could not access other tennis courts in Port Harcourt and hoped that government would come to their aid and give the courts a face-lift.
At the Volley Ball training pitch at Number Five Field, Junior Captain, Iderema Long John and Michael Dagogo decried the condition of their pitch which they said had been a source of worry especially after rains as all the drainages are blocked and prevent them from training.
A former Heritage Football Club player and an All Stars member, Chike Owakah noted that the deplorable nature of Number One and Six football fields are diver stating and nothing to write home about as the facilities are bad, thereby making football not to improve in Port Harcourt township despite the scores of talented players in the area.
Owakah called on the government to renovate the pitches for the youths to also benefit maximally to justify the purpose they were constructed.
A football enthusiast, Yashim Haruna also appealed to the government to renovate the Number One field as the entire roofs are bad, the grasses not fit for play, the entire plastic chairs broken and the environment dirty.
Haruna said the field had help engage the youths from taking to crime. He also advised the players to maintain the arena whenever they come for practice though it is a government property.