The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has stressed the need for continuous synergy between the Ministry, Corporate organizations, and Private individuals in the development and growth of sporting activities in schools in the state.
The commissioner made this known during a press briefing for the kickoff of the 2017/2018 Zenith Bank Principals Cup.
He said the Ministry would continue to encourage public and private partnership in developing school sports as government could not do it alone, further stating that it was this partnership that brought about the success of the maiden edition of the Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup which was sponsored by Zenith Bank.
Mr. Ebie said such partnership would sustain the competition as it has been entrenched in the school academic calendar. The commissioner commended zenith bank for their commitment in sponsoring the event while promising that this second edition of the tournament would be better packaged than the maiden edition.
The Deputy General Manager of Zenith Bank Mr. Lucky Ighade said the tournament was part of the bank’s way of developing grass root sports in the country with the hope that future stars would emerge who would represent the country in international football competitions.
He promised that the bank would continue to sponsor the event as part of its coporate social responsibility.
The CEO of Hideaplux Limited,Mr Tony Pemu who are organisers of the event lauded Zenith Bank for its decision to contribute to the development of football in the state, while promising that the second edition of the tournament would be explosive as a lot lapses noticed in the maiden edition would be corrected in this second edition.
The kickoff for the 2017/2018 Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup is Wednesday Nov 1st, 2017 at St Patricks College, Asaba.