The Rivers State Government has assured the people of the state that it would support the forthcoming Port Harcourt Golden Jubilee Polo Tournament as it would have positive impact on the state’s economy.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the Port Harcourt Polo Club at Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, stated that the Polo Tournament which was expected to attract Polo players from Argentina, South Africa, and Dubai would place Rivers State on the international business map.
The governor said that his administration would support the International Polo Tournament because it would afford the state the opportunity to highlight its potentials to the international community.
He said: “This tournament will also project Rivers State in positive light, with international sports and business personalities seeing firsthand the peace and security that drive the growth of the state,” and added that the current administration would partner with Polo administrators to enhance the game just as he urged the management of the Polo Club to shield themselves from politics.
Also speaking earlier during the courtesy call, the President of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, Mr. Ibiwari Pepple, said that the Golden Jubilee Tournament would hold between January 8 and January 14, 2017.
Mr. Pepple said that the tournament would enjoy wide coverage on Super sports, AIT, and Channels Television because of its importance on the sporting calendar.
The President of the club said that well known players from Argentina, South Africa, and Dubai would attract business concerns to the state and sought the support of the Rivers State government for the successful hosting of the event.
He informed the governor that during the tournament, participating players and horses would dressed in ceremonial attires that would depict the culture of the state.
The Rivers State Golden Jubilee Anniversary was marked to celebrate 50 years of the creation of the State which took place on the 27th May 1967 by the then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd).
The governor, last October, inaugurated a 151-member committee with Chief Ferdinand Anabrabra as the chairman, Chief Onueze Okocha (SAN) as alternate chairman, and Dr. Jacob Beredugo as secretary.