Money Falls On Bayelsa Communities After Football Tournament
Money rained on some young men from different communities in Bayelsa State on Sunday.
A total of 10.5 million Naira was offered to four finalists of a football tournament organised by the state Governor, Seriake Dickson.
It was the second edition of Governor Seriake Dickson's Unity Cup, this time tagged 'Restoration Football'.
The tournament began on May 2 and ended on June 3, 2018.
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.
Toru - Orua and Otuasegha communities came 3rd and 4th positions respectively.
During the finals between Peretorugbene and Opu-Nembe
communities, both sides played 0-0 in the first half, but Matthew Ifiemi, from
Peretorugbene scored the first goal 18 minutes into the second half while Tony
Nicolas from Nembe equalised.
The winning goal of the final match came from Roland Viada of Peretorugbene, .
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Seriake Dickson expressed his appreciation to the people of the State for coming out to witness the match and cheer the players.
He stated that the purpose of the tournament which includes;
uniting the people especially the youths, curbing cultism and drug addiction and eradication
of armed robbery among others were achieved.
"The tournament has succeeded in keeping us occupied.
"Peretorugbene youths have achieved success today through hard work.
"That is what we want our youths to learn, hard work pays," he said.
He revealed that new talents have been discovered and will also be nurtured.
Some of the players, who spoke with Bounce News, expressed their gratitude to God for bringing them to the end of the game.
Mr. Roland Viada who scored the winning goal said: "I never knew we will come this far but l thank God for making it possible for us".
"Peretorugbene did not win alone, Bayelsan youths won," he emphasised.
Viada thanked the Governor and advised his fellow youths to shun crime and embrace hard work.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Rt. Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, decorated the players with the medal while the Governor had a handshake with them.
Otuasegha community, which came fourth, was presented with a cheque of 500,000 Naira, Toru - Orua that came third went home with the sum of two million Naira cheque.
Opu-Nembe team, 2nd in the tournament, went home with a three million Naira cheque while Peretorugbene took the mega price of five million Naira.
Other dignitaries at the event were the Commissioner for Education, Mr Jonathan Obuebite and the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso Markson.