Cross River - The Cross River Government is building two stadia in Ikom and Ogoja Local Government Areas to promote sporting activities in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the project awarded to a Chinese firm, CCECC, at a cost of N2.2 billion Dec. 2011, is expected to be completed in November this year.
The Commissioner for Special Projects, Mr Bassey Oqua, who led members of the National Good Governance Tour on an inspection of projects in Ikom, said that the projects were being implemented under the State’s Comprehensive Sports Development Programme.
Oqua said that the facilities, when completed, would help to bring sports closer to the people as well as developing athletes from the grass root.
He said that each of the stadia would accommodate 6 000 people, have two basketball courts and swimming pools in addition to tennis courts.
The commissioner pointed out that with the two stadia underway, sportsmen and women in the local government areas would not need to travel all the way to Calabar in search of quality sporting facilities.
In the same vein, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Mike Aniah said that the State Government Sports Policy was to catch athletes young and develop them to represent the state at national competitions.
Aniah said that the state government was desirous of producing top class athletes that would represent the state and the nation at both national and international competitions.
NAN reports that the good governance team also inspected some road projects funded by both the state and the federal governments.