The Akwa Ibom youth sports festival has been described as a cardinal sports programme aimed at developing sports in the state.
The youth and sports commissioner, Monday Ebong Uko who stated this at a press briefing to announce the third edition of the meet slated for May 19 -24 this year said already, the governor has released funds for those who won medals last year.
He presented a cheque of N10million to Oruk Anam that took the first position in the second edition, followed by Uyo with N5million and Itu with N3million.
The commissioner who was flanked by the education commissioner, Prof. Victor Inoka, senior special assistant to the governor on sports matters and Akwa United Chairman, Elder Paul Bassey, Chairman Akwa United starlet FC, Mr. Aniedi Dickson, acting permanent secretary Ministry for Youth and sports, Lawrence Iquaibom, among others, said the final screening before the kickoff would hold on may 18, at Uyo.
He announced that the state government will still give the same reward in this year's competition and commended all the leaders of the local government areas for making the last edition a success, believing that they would give the same cooperation in this year's edition.
The commissioner who warned that no athlete should come outside the schools, stressed that the technical committee set up to screen athletes would not hesitate to disqualify defaulters.
He used the occasion to present a cheque of N1 million to Imaobong Uko who took the country by storm in the 400 meters race at the national sport festival in Abuja, while her coach was given N200,000. The state government also promised to take care of her education.