On Saturday 21 September 2019, the rivers state government unveils the real Madrid academy constructed by his excellency chief barrister Nyesom Wike as one of his second tenure hundred days in office to foster academic and majorly sports excellence in the state and the country at large.
The Oyo state governor commissioning the ultra modern sports facility in the presence of the rivers state government and officials of real Madrid has said that the project will groom future stars in sports. He also said that the project will help to discover early football talents in rivers state.
He added that there has been great stars of footbal from rivers state which includes the plight of Taribo West, Joseph Yobo, George Findi, the project will create more stars.
Sports creates national unity and by developing this academy Gov Wike is creating national unity. He has also commended the Gov Wike for the infrastural development in rivers state and as a person who lived in rivers state he knows the high level of infrastural development at the presence Wike administration in the state
Delivering his address, the governor Wike said unveiling the real Madrid academy is one of the happiest days of his life as it is a dream comes to fruition project. He added the river state government have resolved to construct a school and hostel in addition to the facilities in the academy.
The Gov informed that 70 percent of students in the school will go to rivers indegenes while 30 percent to the non indigenes. He added the money used in executing the project is rivers money, therefore rivers money is for rivers people. He also added all rivers indigenes shooling here are to stay free of charge. He said rivers people deserves the best, hence his administration is committed to initiating and executing quality projects for the peoole.
The area manager of the real madrid foundation for africa, Mr. Inigo Vallejo has assured the rivers state governmemt that the club will continue to support the sustained development of the academy.
He said after series of engagements with governor Wike on the academy, the club keyed into it and will drive the project.
Secretary to the rivers state government Tammy Danagogo, stated that governor wike have made outstanding contribitions to sports develooment of which he merit the title “power of soorts” Africa.
Highpoint of the commisioning program was a match between Banham model primary school and an under selected side ( blue boys ) which ended draw – 1:1.