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Friday, 18 May 2018


A good example is better than a sermon!
By Dominion Steve Buzugbe
The grand finale of the 2018 maiden edition of
the Delta State Headmasters' cup completion
tagged "catch them young initiative" sponsored
by Delta state government and midwifed by the
commissioner for Basic and Secondary
Education, Hon. Chiedu Ebie took place today
16th May, 2018 at Agbor Township Stadium.
The 5000 seating capacity stadium was filled to
the brim as people from all works of life
including the executive governor of delta state,
Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyichukwu Okowa who came
to witness the final events of the final match
between Pessu primary school, Warri South and
Obukohwo Demonstration Primary School, Ugheli
North. Pessu primary school and Obukohwo
Demonstration Primary School qualified for the
final stage of the competition on Monday 14th
May after several weeks or rigorous football
exercises. Obukohwo Demonstration Primary
School emerged the champions and Pessu
Primary school emerged the runners up; Ogoma
Primary school, Aniocha South and Ometa
Primary School, Okpe, played for the third place
and Ogoma Primary school took the third
For its vast and unparalled popularity and
foundation for positive values, sport is generally
seen as a powerful tool that breaks all barriers
and helps people to feel good about themselves
both physically and mentally. Also, its most
important contribution to children is the
enhancement of their physical and mental
Today, a further step has been taken to
encourage the physical and mental well been of
pupils from the different primary schools in delta
state in an attempt to catch the talented ones
for proper grooming.
Many Kudos to the chief host and chairman
organizing committee of the 2018 maiden edition
of the delta state Headmasters cup completion,
Hon. Chiedu Ebie, who stated that the essence
of the competition is not just only to catch them
young but also to groom them through secondary
school into higher standards.
In his opening speech at the grand finale of the
football competition, Hon. Ebie told spectators
that what they are witnessing is the result of
many weeks of hard-work in a challenge that
started with 497 primary schools across the 25
local government of the state.
"Your Excellency, we cannot thank you enough
for the support and encouragement you gave to
us and for ensuring that things are done in the
proper fashion. The winners in today's final
competition will represent Delta state in the
Channels Kids competition which comes up later
in May. We have your marching order to camp
the children for a couple of days to get them
well prepared to make Delta state proud in the
upcoming competition and we will ensure that
the children are put in the good frame of mind to
do well in the that competition."
He concluded his speech with the announcement
of the cash awards for the winners, runners up
and the third place winners and individual awards
for the most valuable player, the highest goal
scorer and the safest hand (best goal keeper) of
the tournament.
The Governor of Delta state, Sen. Dr. Arthur
Ifeanyichukwu Okowa , in a closing remark
eulogised the commissioner for Basic and
Secondary Education Hon. Chiedu Ebie the chief
host of the 2018 maiden edition of Headmasters
Cup competition for being able to come up with
such wonderful initiative and for extending it to
the primary school level. He thanked the
commissioner and management staff of the
ministry of basic education for a job well done
and also thanked the sports commission for
collaborating with them.
The governor who believes that sports is a
veritable tool for poverty eradication and
promotion of peace for social stability,
congratulated all the schools that got to the
quarter finals, semi-final and final of the
competition and in a special way congratulated
Obukohwo Primary school for winning the
competition. To the captain of the team, a
physically challenged child, he said "Today you
have proven to the world that no physical
disability can hold you from reaching your full
potentials. I want to encourage you to continue
to express your talents as I am going to have a
close watch over you." In a similar manner, he
said to the full team, "you are not just young
stars but a symbol of Delta State going into
Nigeria, you will represent us in the Channels
kids cup competition coming up in a couple of
days. While you are in Lagos, realize that you are
the symbol of Delta State, be very well behaved
and be prayerful. We are expecting that you will
be very committed in the field of play so that
you can bring the cup back to delta state."
Speaking further, the governor congratulated the
teachers who groomed the children for the
competition stating that they had done a very
good job as the standard of play by the children
was obviously very good.
He reassured deltas of his commitment to
enhance the energies of the child


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