AS part of activities lined up for the inauguration of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State for the second term, elders of the state took a 10-kilometre walk in an event which the governor described as good for health and fitness.
The event christened, Delta State Governor Annual Elders ’ Tournament Walk, with the theme, “Walk to Health” commenced at Abraka Junction in Asaba through Dennis Osadebay Way, Nnebisi Road, Anwai road through to Government House, Asaba. It was a 10-kilometre walk that was strictly for Deltans aged 55 and 70 years without gender discrimination.
Governor Okowa who received those who participated in the walk at about 8 am yesterday (27/05/19) at Government House, Asaba, expressed joy that elders came out to participate actively in the walk, stating, “I am glad that this tournament is taking place as it will help us to keep fit and be healthy.”
“Nigerians need to be encouraged to take a walk as it is good for our health and brain and I want to assure everybody that this tournament will be an annual event”, he said, adding “I want to urge you to always take a walk at least twice a week so as to remain in good health.”
While commending the organizers and participants in the walk for the colourful tournament, Senator Okowa promised that the next tournament would be broken into various categories so as to get the best from the participants.
Earlier in their separate addresses, Chief Lulu Onobaifo and Sir Lawrence Oshiegbu on behalf of the organisers of the tournament disclosed that the tournament was meant to ensure that Deltans keep fit and healthy, assuring that the next edition would be more colourful and categories created to cater for the youths.
Dr. Toju Eresanara who came out first in the walk got the sum of N3 million as his prize while the runners up, Mr Hycinth Osuhor and Mr Ojubana Peter got the sums of N2 million and N1 million respectively.