Bayelsa State Government Commences Work on Polo Club Project.
The Bayelsa State Government has commenced the process of building a world-class Polo Club as part of its efforts to promote tourism and leisure in the State. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony near the Gloryland Castle in Government House,Yenagoa………..Governor Seriake Dickson noted that the project when completed will not only serve as a sporting facility but also help to drive the development of the tourism sub-sector.
Governor Dickson reiterated that the present administration, is among other means,poised to build a new Bayelsa through sports, tourism, peace, wealth and job creation.
According to the Governor, his administration attaches great importance to sports and tourism because they have the capacity to create wealth, employ labor and strengthen bonds of friendship among individuals and groups from different parts of the world.
Hon. Dickson, who disclosed government’s desire to convert the Gloryland Castle to a 6-star hotel, explained that the decision was borne out of the need to create a conducive environment for investors that will soon be trooping into the state for business as well as generate more revenue.
While expressing Government’s readiness to partner the Nigerian Polo Federation to kick-start the First Bayelsa Polo Tournament, Governor Dickson stressed that the present administration will leave no stone unturned to make Bayelsa the safest state in the country.
In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Polo Federation, Mr. Francis Oboro assured the Governor of the Federation’s preparedness to collaborate with government to ensure that the game of Polo is fully entrenched in the sporting and tourism calendar of the state.
On completion of the project, Oboro said the Federation will not only participate in its commissioning but also inaugurate the Governor as the first member of the club in Bayelsa state.
Also speaking, a representative of the Managing Director of the contracting firm,NHD Inter biz Project Limited, Alhaji Nasiru Danu stated that the Bayelsa State Polo Club project, which is expected to be completed within 90 days, will occupy an area of land spanning about 9.8 hectares.
He added that the facility will consist of a standard club house, playing field, and horse stables as well as grooms quarters. High point of the ceremony was the presentation of a book titled “The Great Polo Clubs of the World” and the Federation’s compendium which contains the history of the game, names of the clubs and their members in the country.
Later in an interview, the Commissioner for Sports Development, Chief Mitema Obordor enjoined youth of the state to shun cultism and make good use of the various sporting facilities and programmes being put in place by government to harness their potentials….TOURISM ON THE RISE.