The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie has stressed the need for continuous synergy between the Ministry, corporate organisatons and private individuals in the development and growth of sporting activities in schools in the state.
The commissioner made the call during a press briefing to herald the kickoff of the 2017/2018 edition of Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup.
He said the Ministry will continue to encourage public and private partnership in developing school sports as government cannot do it alone, pointing out that it was the partnership with Zenith Bank that underlined the success of the maiden edition of the competition .
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 its commitment, promising that this second edition of the tournament would be bigger and better than the maiden edition.
Promising that the bank will continue to sponsor the event as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Deputy General Manager of Zenith Bank, Asaba, Mr Lucky Ighade, said the tournament was part of the banks way of developing grassroots sports in the country with the hope that future stars would emerge therefrom to represent the country in international football competitions.
Mr Tony Pemu, CEO of Hideaplux limited, organisers of the event lauded Zenith Bank for its decision to contribute to the development of football in the state, while promising that lapses noticed in the maiden edition are being corrected to Dei Eric on objective and make the second edition of the tournament more exciting.
The kickoff for the 2017/2018 Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup is expected to kick off on Wednesday Nov 1, 2017 at St Patricks College Asaba.