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Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on Thursday congratulated Bendel Insurance’s management, players and fans on their feat in the just concluded Nigerian National League Super 4 tournament, assuring that the government continues to support the state football team.
Insurance became NNL Super 4 Tournament Champion after beating Doma United of Gombe State 2-1 in the final played at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
Obaseki, while receiving the NNL trophy at Government House in Benin City, hailed the team for their unbeaten streak at the tournament.
He said: “We will continue to support and encourage you for this great feat that you have achieved. We need to start thinking about how to build a permanent stadium for you, as well as a hostel and other camping facilities. We will work with the Deputy Governor to make sure we start construction when the budget is passed.
“In terms of remuneration, especially now that you are in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), it will only be fair if your remuneration is adjusted. We will also work with the Deputy Governor to ensure that your legal dues are returned to you.
“We know that you will be traveling a lot this season, and to relieve stress, we will buy you a new bus. We will also help the supporters club with another bus so they can travel around the country with you and continue to support the club.”
Assuring the government’s commitment to sport, the Governor further said, “My administration promised in 2016 that we would bring back sport and make the state the envy of all in terms of sports in Nigeria. We have kept our promise to take the club to where it is today.
“We have worked hard to change the approach to sports in Edo State. We created the Edo Athletic Commission, refurbished the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, built 20 mini-stadiums across the state, and identified other facilities, be it federal or state, rebuilding them so we have venues for sporting events.
“We have also made sure that sport is a vital component of our curriculum in schools so that we can catch them in their youth. Here are some of the steps we have taken to become the number one sports state in the nation. This victory for Bendel Insurance showed that we are gradually getting closer to this.”
Obaseki added: “In order to maintain what we are doing and where we are going, we cannot continue to rely on the government. Our goal is to introduce you to the world and show how good you are for corporate organizations to invest in Bendel Insurance.”