INTERNATIONAL MARATHON EVENT TO PROMOTE ABANDONED OIL PRODUCING COMMUNITY N BAYELSA STATE

By Isaac Money, Yenagoa.

The abandoned oil producing community, Oloibiri, in Bayelsa state where  oil was first struck in commercial quantity in 1958, would come alive again in an event that would attract  national and International attention.

Known as “Oloibiri Half Marathon Race, Yenagoa” it would be the first of its type in the Niger Delta region and to attract local and International runners to participate in any one of the three race categories to feature at the event including 5km, 10km and the main 21km race.

 Mr Eyinimi Omorozi, Project Coordinator , Mahogany 21 Century Concepts, promoters of the event says it would collaborate with relevant institutional partners and stakeholders is aimed at promoting sports, talent development and other socio-economic benefits.

 According to Omorozi, the marathon run will also serve as a strategic platform to give national and international recognition and visibility to Oloibiri in the attempt to promote and preserve for posterity the Oloibiri national historical heritage that has far too long been abandoned.

He explained that the neglected and seemingly forgotten Oloibiri will be brought to the lamplight once again through the event.

He added that the programme is designed as an annual international half marathon event brand that will attract the participation of amateur and professional athletes and visitors from within and outside Nigeria.

In addition, the Coordinator says  the Oloibiri  Half Marathon Race Yenagoa is
intended to provide a platform for critical stakeholders, state and federal govemment agencies, local and international oil and gas companies, athletics associations, the media, citizens and others to freely interact at the various activities of the marathon event to achieve their corporate citizenship and marketing communications responsibilities and objectives.

The key facilitators and stakeholders expected to participate in the classic event, according to him would  include the Bayelsa State Government, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Petroleum
Development Trust Fund (PDFT) the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) among others.

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