FORMER Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs in Delta State,, Chief Moses Odibo yesterday said that the hosting of the African Youth Athletics Championship has broken the siege mentality in Warri and want Governor Uduaghan to sustain it.
Speaking with journalists at the Warri Township Stadium,venue of the events, Odibo said prior to the event, it was as if, Warri was under siege but the the competition has removed creased that impression
According to him, there was this self imposed curfew before the event but that has dissappeeared within the last few days and thus, commended the Governor for hosting the Championship.
He described the hosting of the Sports event as an assurance to outsiders that Delta and indeed Warri is safe to do any business.
“ The nostalgia of just sitting at home in the evning has been broken and people now move in the night unmolested which has gone to confirm that Warri is safe . Over 30 Countries came here for the Sports event and so far, so good, the whole thing has gove well.The Sports event has changed the siege mentality and I want to commend Governor Uduaghan for hosting the event.it is e very healthy development to Warri City and the people will be happy for it’ said Odibo.
Odibo also commended the Local Organising Committee for a job well done and that, they have proved the skeptics wrong that good thing cannot come out of Delta State.
“ So many negative things have been said of Warri especially from the so called Comedians but the Local Organising Committee has proved them wrong. We need more of this event in Warri. This is the peaceful Warri that we grew up to meet and I am happy that things are getting better.”
Odibo further said that the hosting of the event is impacting positively on the youths and want them to seize the opportunity presented by this event to change their orientation.
“ I have read so many good things about this event fron various countries and I can say that it has done a lot for us. The youths must seize this oppotunity to change their orientation that Sports can take you to the highest level.” said an elated Odibo.