Niger Delta Polo festival: King Spiff lauds Rivers State


The first military Governor of old Rivers State and member, Board of Trustees of Port Harcourt Polo Club, His Royal Majesty King Diette Spiff has lauded the state government for its long term support for the game of kings.

He stated that there was much cherished determination and willingness by Governor Nyesom Wike and the state government to invest more in polo game to encourage youth’s participation in the noble game of polo and sports generally.

He urged the state government to continue giving priority toward promoting grassroots sports and empowerment of youths to turn them away from violence and other negative vices.

The royal father was impressed by turnout of polo buffs and youths witnessing the event, insisting that the turnout showed that the youth were embracing peace and sports.

The royal father who was delighted by the horsemanship and the skills of the upcoming Beginners in the Captain’s Cup, congratulated the winners and all participating players for making the Niger Delta Polo festival such an exciting week of top class polo.

President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Captain Iyene who thanked the invited guests, players and the  surging crowd for being part of the fiesta, stated that the high profile event has impacted positively on the tourism drive of the Garden City and Rivers State generally.

“I want to thank all our patrons and sponsors for making this event a huge success. I also want to specially thank our sports loving Governor Wike, Rivers State Government for their immense supports and members of the organizing committee who sacrificed their time and efforts for this grand event.”

Tournament Manager and acting polo captain, Victor Fingesi, who described the tournament as a huge success, thanked all the players, the invited guests and the teeming polo buffs who arrived The Garden City  in their droves for the festival, for their supports in making the fiesta a memorable one.

“On behalf of the Tournament Committee and the club management, let me assure all who made this event the highlight of the king of games in Niger delta, that next year would be much bigger and more exciting,” he enthused.

“We are also happy to say that we have used this polo tournament to let polo enthusiasts, Port Harcourt residents, the business communities and the entire citizens of the state, to know that we can host an international tournament of this nature,” declared the former President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Ibifiri Bobmanuel.

“Indeed we are impressed by the huge crowds that witness the tournament on a daily basis for the past seven days,” he pointed out in his closing remarks.


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Bura-Bari Nwilo lives in Port Harcourt, in Nigeria. He is the author of A Tiny Place Called Happiness – a book of stories.

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