The Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Saturday, commissioned the Real Madrid Football Academy built by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike in Elekahia, Rivers State.
This was made known in a tweet on Makinde’s official twitter account.
Makinde who said he was honoured to commission the project commended Wike for the initiative. He said that the benefits of sports cannot be overemphasized.
The tweet reads “The benefits of sports as a recreational activity, career path and business can’t be overemphasised.
“I commend H.E, Gov Nyesom Wike for the Real Madrid Football Academy, Elekahia, designed to nurture grassroots talents & future football stars, which I was honoured to commission.”
Meanwhile, the Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and Middle East, Mr. Inigo Vallejo, described the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt, as the mother of all football academies in Africa.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the Government House Port Harcourt yesterday, Vallejo said that Real Madrid Football Club positively responded to the dream of Governor Wike to set up an academy in the state.
As our grassroot football development program enters a new phase, we are pleased to have Governor @seyiamakinde commision the Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt.
— Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (@GovWike) September 21, 2019
He said: “Mr Governor, you had a dream to deliver sports programmes to the children of Rivers State.
“Real Madrid has responded to your dream and today, we have the mother of all football Alacademies in Africa”.
He said the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt was the first by the club in Nigeria, noting that it has facilities that are of international standards.