Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has disclosed his administration intention to revive competition for governorship cup football match in the state.
Ortom who has already directed the state’s Bureau for Youths and Sports to revive the sporting competition said the idea would catch the young ones early enough to replace the old ones that would soon retire.
The governor gave the directive on Wednesday in Makurdi when the officials of the victorious Lobi Stars Football Club, Makurdi and the players led by its Vice Chairman, Mike Idoko paid him a visit.
While congratulating the club for coming top of the Nigeria Professional League (NPL) and subsequently declared the winners for the season, Ortom also ordered the Commissioner for Finance to clear all the financial indebtedness of the state to the club.
He further hailed the Lobi Stars for bringing joy to the state and doing its citizens proud after the team’s inability to qualify for the Confederation of African Championship for the past 19 years.
Ortom noted that the victory of the club would trigger development in all facets of the state.
Earlier, the club’s vice chairman, Idoko appealed to the governor to pay them their arrears of match bonuses owed them since 2016 to date just as he complained that the club lacked mobility to ease their movement.