H.E. Sen. Dickson declares open, annual Nanaye traditional Wrestling Competition.

The Minister for Sports and youth development called on all the 109 Senators in the National Assembly to sponsor a sport in their constituencies to start discovering new talents just like Senator Henry Seriake Dickson is doing.

In his remarks, the first Military Governor of Rivers State and Chairman, Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff congratulated Senator Seriake Dickson for his love for sporting activities in Bayelsa State.

He urged the winners to go into grassroots sports to discover new talents.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman of the occasion and Chairman Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development, Senator Obinna Ogba commended Senator Dickson for promoting Grassroots sport.

“I am not surprised at Senator Dickson’s initiative. When you invest in sport, you invest in yourself. I will continue to support you. You supported me on the bill of the establishment of the University of Sport.

“It will help Nigerians to develop their talents. There will be no dropout in Nigeria again. Nigerians youths will continue to be proud of you Senator Seriake Dickson, Senator Obinna Ogba said.

The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali represented by his  Vice President said the Seriake Dickson Foundation initiative is not new to the Nigeria Wrestling Federation.

He thanked Sen. Dickson for his support towards wrestling development in Nigeria and pledged the Federation’s support to the Nanaye Dickson Traditional Wrestling Competition.

In her vote of thanks, the daughter of Senator Dickson who spoke on behalf of the family, Helen Dickson thanked all for their time and devotions. She also thanked her father for the massive support towards grassroots sport in Bayelsa State.

The Nanaye Dickson Traditional Wrestling Competition is meant to engage youths of Bayelsa in an attempt to promote grassroots Ijaw Traditional Wrestling culture, as well as to serve as a talent hunt for the youths of the State.

The Nanaye Dickson Traditional Wrestling Tournament, which is an annual event, is in honour of Senator Dickson’s late father, a community leader and great wrestler of his time.

Senator Henry Seriake Dickson as Governor supported and revamped sports in Bayelsa state and the Nanaye Dickson wrestling competition is simply a continuation of the promotion of the sector by the Henry Seriake Dickson foundation.

The Foundation is currently running a football tournament in the Sagbama-Ekeremor Senatorial district and will now officially kick off the wrestling competition this Saturday.


(1)Peretorugbene. 1
(2)Torugbene 1

Ejougha in number 19 jersey of Torugbene 11 scored one goal while Soke Joshua in number 8 jersey of peretorugbene scored the equalizing goal.

However the match ended in penalty shoot out.
(1)Peretorugbene. 2
(2)Torugbene 11– 4
Torugbene 11 won the match by 4 to 2 goals of the penalty shoot out

(1)Peretorugbene. 0
(2)Torugbene. 2

(1)Peretorugbene. 4
(2)Torugbene. 4

(1) Ekeremor —-3
(2)Temekiri Zion –1

Paebi,Solo-hit,and Ebiye in number 12,9 and 8 of Ekeremor respectively scored each goal.
While Ejiro in number 7 jersey of Temekiri scored a lone goal.

In conclusion,. Ekeremor won the match by 3 to 1 goal.

(2)Temekiri —4

(1)Ekeremor —1
(2)Temekiri —–0

(1)Ekeremor —4
(2)Temekiri —2

Hon Seriake Dickson Unveils Ofurumapepe Cup

In the spirit of continuity, Senator Representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson has officially unveiled the Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament, Ofurumapepe Cup revealing that the tournament is aimed at youth empowerment and grassroots development.

Addressing Journalist in Abuja at the unveiling on Friday, Hon Dickson insisted that this was a fulfillment of the promises he made to the people while in government as the governor of Bayelsa state to prioritize sports development in the state.

According to Hon Dickson, through the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation, the lives of youths in the state will be transformed through Sports which will bring youth restiveness, cult activities, and other vices to its barest minimum.

He explained that the records will show that sports were one of the projects he took seriously as the governor adding that the tournament will amongst others encourage the development of grassroots sports and apart from football, traditional wrestling swimming will also be introduced considering the terrain of the state.

‘‘As a governor, we promoted sports development, we took wrestling to the national award stage and I am happy to mention that most of our athletes are doing well and they benefited from that program. So, the Ofurumapepe Football Competition is hereby unveiled.

‘‘With the Ofurumapepe cup, our dream of promoting grassroots sports development did not end with my tenure as a governor, as I promised through the Henry Seriake Dickson foundation we will continue with this laudable objective.

‘‘By next week our local organizing team will be meeting with all the community youths in the Bayelsa West senatorial district and all necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the best results are achieved as expected’’ he stated.

With the theme ‘‘Youth empowerment for Peace and Development,’’ the sports-loving senator explained that football and traditional wrestling has been expressively harnessed by his administration adding that the cup instituted was in honor of his late father who was a maiden wrestling champion.
He however called on youths in the region to actively identify with the Ofurumapepe Football Tournament and channel their very productive energy towards initiatives that will develop their minds and body.

‘‘I also want to use this opportunity to call for peace in all our communities as the youths come out in mass to participate. I call for the spirit of sportsmanship there will be no losers at the end of the events. I also want to call on all our security agencies to support this initiative’’ he said.

Speaking earlier, Technical Consultant of the Henry Seriake Dickson Football Tournament and Ofurumapepe Cup, Mr. Ono Akpe, while enumerating the various prizes that are up for grabs stated that all is set for the kick-off as Hon Henry Dickson has provided all the jerseys, sports kits, football, trophies among others for the 76 participating communities.

‘‘On Wednesday 17 November, Jerseys and sports kits will be presented to the 76 communities in Sagbama and Ekeremor local government area which makes up the Bayelsa west constituency while the finals will be held on Wednesday,22 December at Toro-oruwa Sagbama.

‘‘The first price is 1.5 million Naira, 2ndPrice is 1 million Naira, 3rd Price is N500,000, 4thPrice is N250,000.

‘‘There are going to be 6 constituency champions from the 2 constituencies, 3 from Sagbama and 3 from Ekeremor each will get N250,000 and the runners up at the constituency level will get N100,000 each.

‘‘For the next two months from November to December, youths of Bayelsa West Senatorial district will be actively engaged.

The Ofurumapepe football tournament, according to the organizers, is scheduled to kick off on Sunday 21 November.

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