#BounceExclusive: N10m Falls On Bayelsa Footballers As Dickson Fulfils Promise
Nothing is sweeter than seeing someone fulfil a money promise, and the Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has put smiles in the faces of some youths that participated in the Restoration Cup football tournament held some months ago.
They were all smiling and in jubilation mood when the dummy cheques handed to them at the end of the tournament were replaced with small cheques of over 10.5 million in total that they could cash immediately, once they fulfilled requirements.
This joy was rekindled after Bounce News reported that the footballers were already lamenting and planning demonstrations because the payment was being delayed.
At the cheque-handing-over ceremony held on Tuesday at the conference room of the State Sport Complex, the Commissioner for Sports, Mr John Buruboyefe, requested that for the sake of posterity and the fact that the name of a particular community was used during the tournament, organisers from each community should do something in remembrance of the tournament for the community.
Nigerians have continued to wonder why people from riverine regions do not represent Nigeria in swimming competitions and win a medal.
Like a response to this demand, the government of the state also has a plan to explore swimming as a sport for its youths.
Mr Buruboyefe announced that another tournament would hold next, would have swimming and wrestling added.
The handing over of the cheque has now laid to rest every planned protest and the footballers are happy that their efforts in the the tournament which began on May 2 and ended on June 3, 2018 has now paid off.
The event took place at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, in Ovom Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
A total of 150 communities from the eight Local Government Areas competed in the tournament which was the second edition of the Governor's Unity Cup.
The entire prize money was 10.5 million Naira in different cheques presented to four finalists - Otuasegha took 4th position with 500,000 Naira, Toru-Orua came 3rd with 2 million Naira, Opu-Nembe 2nd with 3 million Naira while Peretorugbene clinched the first price of 5 million Naira.The tournament was organised to discover new talents, foster Unity among communities, curb cultism, prostitution and drug abuse.
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