Iyaye: Another Era In The Saddle …Sports Gurus Demand More Action
Sports enthusiasts in Rivers State have barred their minds on what to expect from the re-appointed Commissioner of Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye on how to further lift sports to a more enviable height in the state and in the country.
The enthusiasts who made their views known to our sports correspondent in a chat said the era of being football commissioner should be a thing of the past and enjoined him to give equal opportunity to all sports.
According to them, grassroot talent hunt should be given priority so that Rivers State would be the hub of sports talents in the country, rather than resort to poaching during competitions.
They noted that Hon. Boma Iyaye is a man of experience and they accepct him to do better as Commissioner of Sports in Rivers State.
A former Sharks and Eagle Cement winger, Inigbelabia Fubara, popularly called “Egbe” said Boma Iyaye is an old hand in sports with experience who should strive to ensure that Rivers State moves higher in sports.
“He said, Hon. Iyaye should use his wealth of experience to re-strategize to ensure that the state achieves success in sports, and I strongly believe that with his astute sports management, the state would achieve its lost glory.”
In her opinion, Miss Jane Lemuel enjoined the Sports Commissioner to carry all sports along and not football alone by organizing or bringing competitions that would make the state athletes excel in their chosen fields, rather than to be abandoned after training with expectation to exhibit their talents.
Miss Lemuel also appealed to the commissioner to ensure adequate maintenance of sports facilities as well as security, expressing confidence that he would use his wealth of experience to make sports thick once more in the state.
Another sports enthusiast and scrabble player, Sunday Oshodi stated, “My expectation of Boma Iyaye is that he is the Commissioner of Sports and not Commissioner of Football or Tennis. Many of us have bias for these two sports. He should however give attention to other sports, whether mental or physical.”
“The general welfare of sports men and women in the state should also be of paramount importance to him. There are still audible grumblings about the shabby treatment melted to sports people at the last National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018,” Oshodi hinted.
He further noted that, “Another Sports Festival will hold in about one weeks time in Benin, Edo State. It is hoped that he will right the wrongs of the last event this time around. The labourer deserves his wages, so sports people representing the state should get their full benefits.”
The Chess and Scrabbles master noted that “The State Governor is fondly called “Power of Sports” (POS) Africa; Hon. Iyaye should know he is the eyes of sports in the state. He should work towards helping to justify this appellation of the Governor.”
A Sports journalist, Mr. Baridon Sika said, “I expected the Honourable Commissioner to be able to articulate the percentage of Rivers people in Rivers United. Then the National Sports Festival is at hand, I will like to know how many are in training to beat National and International record?
According to Sika, “Governor recognised Hon. Iyaye as an astute sports administrator, who should be able to identify, promote and recognize Rivers youths and others in sports talent in the state.
Another sports enthusiast, Elder Fubara Alabo, who is also the Sports Desk Officer of Universal Basic Education Board said, “We expect good result as since his presence, Rivers United have been doing better, although we expect more from him than his last tenure, as we want to see sports at the highest level”.
“He tried in the last National Sports Festival as Rivers State came second in Abuja. We want to see the best in Rivers State. As a Commissioner, he has a lot to do to improve sports even at the grassroot level. A big role to play to sensitize the grassroot and make sure school sports improve to get materials and groom stars for the state in youth games,” Alabo said.
“Let him revive School Sports and get athletes from the grassroots as it is done in other states, and let me conclude by saying that it was during the governorship of Celestine Omehia that school sports was held last in 2007,” Alabo posited.