Odozi Obodo Peace and Unity Cup has been identified as instrument that seek to unearth talents among the five quarters that form the Amai kingdom in Ukwani Local Government Area of Delta State.
This was the submission of Chief Goddy Aboh, Odozi Obodo 1 of Amai kingdom, at the second edition of the tournament in Delta State.
Football is one of the major tools that brings the existence of peace and unity amongst us in this country called Nigeria and by extension, the global community at large.
GbaramatuVoice gathered that the grand finale of this year’s tournament was between Osele United and Oguma FC and it ended goalless after 90 minutes play.
Osele United emerged winners with 4 goal while Oguma 5 goals after penalty. Osele united won the first cash prize of N250,000 while Oguma FC, second prize N160,000 followed by Ekum Sharp Shooters FC getting N110,000.
Meanwhile, Aboh, who is the organiser of the competition, told GbaramatuVoice at the sideline of the event that, the motive behind the peace and unity football competition is to foster peace and unity among the youths, the various quarters and communities that form the Amai kingdom and it is done in this festive period where all sons and daughters of Amai visit home to plan ahead of the new year.
“Football is one of the most unifying factors in the world globally, so looking at Amai kingdom as it is, segregation is the watch word, as you can see, this competition is done between five quarters, we have the Amai-Nge, Umuekum, Omuosele, the Ishikaguma, and Umubu, so since football is one of the most unifying factors, I decided to calm my mind down to my own kingdom, the Amai kingdom to be able to use football to unite the five quarters, as, it is tagged peace and unity cup. The whole essence is to unite the five quarters.
“This is my little way of giving back to the society as the Odozi Obodo1 of Amai kingdom, which means a kingdom developer, a title I was conferred on. Those who win will be given prizes to encourage talents from the grass roots because charity begins at home, and it is part of human capacity development. And this will give them sense of responsibility.
“Peace building is sacrosanct in every kingdom , peace and unity is the footpath to development and peace builders are noiseless people. Football is the connecting rod to a peaceful community where all come together to play with passion and commitment to talent development.
“The Odozi Obodo Peace and Unity in Amai kingdom in Ukwani Local Government Area of Delta state has created a laudable unity among the people,” Aboh added.
On his part, the Chairman of Ukwani LGA, Possible Adjede, expressed his excitement about the event.
According to him, “What is happening here today is a practical demonstration that brings the youths together. I am happy this is happening in my town, the essence of the local government is the government of the local people, when we see this kind of things, it is way to bring out the talent of our young ones, we are very happy at the local government level.
“I thank Chief Goddy Aboh for this initiative, we pray God to strengthen the donor, the organizer.”
Also, the state Secretary General, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dan Ossai, said: “What is going on is worthy of emulation, because this is what the youths want to encourage them, the promoter of this event has actually done well.”
The occasion was well attended by different personalities from Amai and Delta State at large.
Present at the grand finale include, Hon. Charles Emetulu, member representing Ndokwa West in Delta House of Assembly; Monday Onyeme, Chairman Board of Internal Revenue, Delta State; Evang. (Mrs.) Doris Aboh, SSA to the Deputy Governor of Delta State and wife to the Odozi Obodo of Amai kingdom; and Chief Nelson Nmor, Delta State Internal Revenue Service, Warri.
Others are, Austin Orji – SSA political, Anslem Nzete – PG Ikolobie Ndokwa, Joseph Chukwunalu – PDP youth leader and Ogelenya Patrick, SSA Political, among others.
By Enaibo Asiayei
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