Enoh, Edeh Canvass Use Of Sports Tourism To Fast Track Africa’s Development

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Sen. John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports Development and Paul Edeh, a sports administrator have called for investment in sports tourism to fast track the socio-economic development of Africa.

The sports administrators joined other stakeholders in canvassing this stand at the 2024 inaugural Africa Sports and Tourism Awards (ASTA) in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ASTA with the theme “Sports as a Catalyst for Accelerated Tourism Development in Africa,” honoured 16 recipients who have contributed immensely to sports and tourism development in Nigeria and across Africa.

Enoh, one of the recipients, in his remarks underscored the need to focus on the development of the sports and tourism sectors to drive Africa’s economic development.

“This event highlights the immense potentials that sports tourism holds for Africa’s development.

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” Sports and tourism are two dynamic industries that can serve as a powerful catalyst for the economic development of Africa.

“They posses the tactical ability to bridge cultures, foster economic growth and ignite challenge,” he said.

The minister stressed the need to view sports as big business and invest more in sports infrastructure/events to drive the narrative.

Earlier, Paul Edeh, Chairman, Benue State Football Association (BSFA), ASTA recipient said the award will further spur him to the development of sports in Nigeria.

“For me it’s a rare privilege to experience this kind of award.

“I will continue to see how I can promote sports, particularly the game of football in all spheres.

” Of course as the chairman of BSFA, the award will spur me to continue to grow the game at the grassroots and support women in sports,” he said.

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Edeh said plans have been concluded for the maiden BSFA Sports Awards slated for June, while also focusing on grassroots football tournaments across the state

NAN reports that the event was graced by sports and tourism stakeholders, diplomats, and captains of industries.(NAN)

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