Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has warned pupils scheduled to participate in the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival against cultism during the competition which begins at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Monday.
Emmanuel, who gave the warning at the official draw of the festival on Saturday, expressed his disappointment over the increase in cult-related activities in secondary schools in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, warned parents and games masters to guard their children and wards from involvement in unholy activities during the festival.
“We will not tolerate any form of cultism during the sports festival and we are ready to deal decisively with any pupil or athlete who will indulge in such things. I therefore urge parents and games masters to guard their children and wards from such vices as nobody will be spared,” he said.
Sports Commissioner Monday Ukoh said the festival was meant to build on the successes of the first edition and expose pupils to more games to enable them to developed their talents.
Ukoh commended Emmanuel for his commitment to discovering and nurturing sports talents from the grassroots and expressed his belief that in due course the benefits of the festival would be visible.
He said, “I want to express my appreciation to the best sports-loving governor in Nigeria for his commitment to sustaining the sports festival and for his zeal in promoting and funding sports programmes in the state.”