Rommy Ezeonwuka, Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Tourists Village, Oba near Onitsha, has lamented that some interest groups in the Anambra Sports Sector were working hard to frustrate the hosting of Nigeria Police Games (NPG) in the facility next year.
Ezeonwuka, one of the leading private sector sports facility investors, said this on Monday while briefing journalists at Oba, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra, on the readiness of the stadium ahead on the Games.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Rojenny Stadium is one of the facilities in the South-East with the capacity to host most sporting events, including football, basketball, volleyball, handball, swimming, track/fields and indoor games.
He said the Police team which ceded the hosting rights to Anambra had visited Rojenny severally and expressed satisfaction with facilities on ground.
Ezeonwuka, who thanked Gov. Willie Obiano, of Anambra for his support for Rojenny Stadium, said efforts were on to ensure that Police sportsmen and women had the best experience possible during the games.
He, however, called on Obiano to intervene and save the state from possible embarrassment to some subterranean moves by some elements to divert the hosting rights from Rojenny.
This, he added, was because the Police authorities already knew what they settled for,” he said.
“The Police family came here and discovered that Rojenny has all it takes to stage their Games here, that we have the facilities that cover most of the sports that they are going to stage.
“My worry is that now that the Federal Government through the police want to use here, some people in charge of sports here are working hard to sabotage it by moving some games that we have facilities for here to other places, including to hotels.
“I built this place at the age of 23 and I have an agreement with the government that they can use here for free anytime they wish and they have been using it.
“But the recent changes in the sports sector where people who don’t have interest in sports development are in charge is trying to change all that,” he said lamenting the moves.
“How can someone say we will not host football and track and field here when we have Olympic standard swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court handball court and indoor courts here?
“These people want to divert the Police away from here and divert them to different places instead of concentrating their games here.
“My advice is that these people should steer clear because I will place a curse on them.”
Ezeonwuka said Rojenny was a private sector contribution to sports development of over 35 years and should be encouraged and not embattled for selfish or personal interests.
He recalled how the Rojenny served as incubation ground for the Fanny Amu-led 1993 Golden Eaglets that had Kanu Nwankwo and expressed the hope that the Rojenny experience would produce police sports superstars.
“Rojenny is not just a stadium, it is a mini Olympic Stadium with rich heritage, we have hotel, natural environment, church, mosque, traditional worship places and social life provisions.
“I am not sure the governor is aware of what is going on, I am using this medium to draw his attention,” he said.
Tony Oli, Chairman of Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC) when contacted neither denied nor confirmed the insinuations; according to him, I don’t have your time, go and ask the man that sent you. (NAN)
(Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Peter Ejiofor)
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