Monday, 3 June 2019

Breaking: Duke bags National Appointment, receives commendations for outstanding performance

Rt. Hon. Orok Duke discussing with former
 governor Donald Duke of CRS in Calabar 

Ukorebi Esien

CALABAR - Rt. Hon. Orok Duke, Chairman Cross River State Sports Commission has been appointed into the National Olympic Committee Sports and Environment Commission.

According to a letter written in May 2019 signed by Olabanji Oladapo, Secretary-General of the Commission, and obtained by TDN, Chief Orok Duke was selected for the plume job owing to his wealth of experience in sporting activities in Nigeria and with the expectation that he will use same in achieving the goals of NOC.

Duke at the just concluded
 National Sports Festival Abuja

"It is my pleasure to inform you that the Executive Board of the Nigeria Olympic Committee has approved your appointment as a Member of the Sports and Environment Commission".

"Your appointment is in recognition of your wealth of experience and outstanding contribution to Nigerian Sports and the Olympic Movement. It is therefore hoped that you would bring to bear your expertise and 
experience in achieving the goals of your Commission and the NOC in general". The letter reads in part.
Duke officially presenting Ben Ayade and
Linda Ayade FC to Newsmen in Calabar

Chief Duke who is expected to forward his acceptance of the appointment on or before 31st of May, 2019 is said to have beaten the dead line as his acceptance letter had since reached the committee before the expiration date.

The Nigeria Olympic Committee which was founded in 1952 has its headquarter in Lagos. It serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee of Nigeria.

 The NOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of Nigerian teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Commonwealth and All African Games, being the custodian of the Olympic Movement in the Nigerian territory.

In addition to its international Games responsibilities and its work to advance the Olympic Movement, the NOC aids Nigerian Olympic and Paralympic athletes through their National Governing Bodies, providing financial support and jointly working to develop customized, creative and impactful athlete-support and coaching education programs.

The NOC also oversees the process by which Nigerian Cities bid to host the Olympic/Paralympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, while also playing a supporting role in the bid processes for hosting a myriad of other international competitions. Further, the NOC approves the Nigerian trials sites and procedures for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Commonwealth and All Africa Games team selections

Duke with a cross session of CRS contingent to National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018

Chief Orok Duke's appointment into such enormously tasked body is not a surprise as he has proven his worth in the sport industry.  

As Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission, Chief Duke with little funding has transformed sports in the state with the creation of play grounds across the state giving young persons opportunities to horn their skills. 

Under three and half years, as chairman of Sports commission, Duke has increased the number of state owned football teams from just two to four. 

Adding the Ben Ayade FC (Male ) and Linda Ayade FC (Female) to the previously Rovers FC and Pelican FC all playing in division one of the Nigeria football league, while the Ben Ayade FC feeders and Linda Ayade FC feeders plays in division two of NFL. 

Canaan City Table Tennis club is another brain child of the former deputy speaker of the Cross River stage House of Assembly. Duke has over the years grown the team to an intentionally recognised team. 

Duke's exploit in sports are too numerous to mention for want of time and space.