Monday, 4 June 2018

Ayade to Provide Free Mega Viewing centers with adequate security for Russia 2018

The Governor of Cross River state Sen. Professor Ben Ayade has promised to provide free viewing centres for sport loving citizens and football fans all through the Russia 2018 FIFA world cup duration. 

 The Viewing centres which shall be located at the U.J. Esuene Sports Stadium, Calabar, will broadcast all the 64 matches in the upcoming Russia 2018 FIFA world cup.

Making the disclosure at a press briefing with newsmen today in Calabar, chairman of the  Cross River state sports commission, Rt. Hon. Orok Duke, said the centers will be well equipped with security personnel and that security was the main reason the governor decided to take over the provision of the viewing center, stressing that since Russia is about 3 hours behind Nigeria, it will definitely have most of the matches played at odd hours in Nigeria which will pose a security challenge to football lovers in Calabar, to that end, the state government has provided a safe and secure place to watch the matches with no cost attached.

the governor is passionately determined to meet the people's need, noting that the poor power supply in some parts of Calabar could place a constraint on the football loving public who may not want to miss any action in the Mundial.

He said, ''Yesterday, His Excellency called me and said he'll take over the project of providing free viewing center throughout the duration of the world cup."

He said that it is his desire to make sure as many Cross Riverians as possible watch as many matches as possible throughout the duration of the world cup; and he has gone ahead to pledged to provide projectors, screens and the providers of the matches here in UJ Esuene Stadium.

''And I want to re-emphasize that some matches will be played in the odd hours of the night and morning. So we have issues of concern about security. Providing a secure environment like this will afford as many people and their families opportunity to watch the world cup matches.'', Duke stated.

The mega viewing centre, according to the sports commission boss, will be equipped with high definition screens, projectors and air conditioners. The viewing centre is estimated to take up to 2,000 to 3,000 viewers.

Hon. Duke, however, said the current administration inherited a dysfunctional sporting infrastructure and that the Ayade-led government will leave no stone unturned in its drive to change the fortune of sport in Cross River State.

Meanwhile, Hon. Orok Duke also used the occasion to speak on ongoing projects dotted all over the stadium landscape, with some almost at completion stages.

The chairman who had, prior to the press briefing, carried out an inspection visit with journalists to different project sites to assess the level of work progress, lauded the governor's effort towards the revitalization of sport in the state by putting up adequate facilities to cater for the training of sport men and women who have so far distinguished themselves in their various specialties.