The Delta State Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has given encomium to Raymond Ekevwo, an athlete for emerging as Africa’s fastest man at the ongoing 2019 All African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Ekevwo who hails from Delta State won the fastest athlete after running an 100m event Men Category within 9.96 seconds in the ongoing competition on Tuesday August 27, 2019.
The 20-year old athlete, Ekevwo who is from Agadama community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State was commended by Gov. Okowa in a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika. Gov. Okowa hails him for making Delta State and Nigeria proud.
Gov. Okowa has said the athlete being the fastest is as a result of the State government’s immense investment in sports development with the provision of sports facilities across the State.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate an illustrious son of the State, Raymond Ekevwo, on his supersonic victory as winner of the 100m gold at the All African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
“As the state celebrates 28th anniversary of its creation, it is a thing of joy that a Deltan has once again, brought great honour to us by becoming Africa’s fastest man.
“His victory didn’t come as a fluke because, over the years, we have made concerted efforts at promoting sports development in our state by building sports facilities across the state.
“It has always been our firm belief that when you engage the youths in sporting activities, it keeps them away from social vices and we will continue to use sports as a tool to develop our Stronger Delta vision.”
Ekevwo won with another Delta Indigene Utseoritse Itsekiri, they came first and third at the event respectively.
Earlier this year, Ekevwo led Florida Central University to break the NCAA 4×100m record and won the second fastest time of 10.02secs behind Divine Oduduru, another Delta indigene who came first in the event.