12th March, 2018
Mr Udom Emmanuel,
Governor of Akwa Ibom State,
BUILDING AKWA IBOM’S FUTURE THROUGH SPORTS
It is only natural to us to write to acknowledge your deliberate efforts at promoting sports in our state. We therefore submit as follows:
- In 2016, you started the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival to discover and nurture young talents. Miss Margaret Ekpenyong was discovered at that meet. She represented Akwa Ibom at the National Youth Games in Ilorin and struck gold in tennis and today she is the West African ITF champion. Your Excellency, what a gift to Akwa Ibom’s future!
- Akwa United football Club, for the first time in over twenty years of her existence was inspired to fourth position on the National League table under your administration. She is currently in the reckoning for a league title.
- We acknowledge the fact that Akwa United is playing on the African continent in the CAF Confederations Cup and is doing well. Akwa United won her first ever major trophy in 2016 after you repositioned the club winning the FA Cup. Akwa United made history by winning the maiden Aiteo Cup in 2017 is currently playing Continental football this year 2018 at the well maintained Godswill Akpabio international stadium under your watch.
The female team of Akwa Ibom State, Ibom Angels made it to the FA Cup final and finished second, which is tremendous improvement on her past records.
- You have invested massively in sports infrastructure across the state, building sports centres and reconstructing existing stadia.
Ekpurikpu recognizes your efforts. What you said at the second edition of the sports festival has emboldened us because, “(you) will not rest until we give the world another Serena Williams. Let us not rest until stars in the mould of Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Lebron James and Usain Bolt are discovered here Akwa Ibom. That is not impossible. They are all here, and it is our challenge to fish them out. If we do our part as we are doing, I have the faith and belief that going forward; no Nigerian National team will be complete without an Akwa Ibom child”.
We at the Ekpurikpu Akwa Ibom really appreciate your efforts in this regard.
Yours in service
Chief Etukokon Essien Augustine P. Idiong esq.