The Federal Government has appointed former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi as a Youth Ambassador.
The appointment which took place at the NOC secretariat, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Friday was given to the footballer in a bid to inspire young Nigerians to strive for excellence.
It is another of the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare’s initiatives geared towards driving a vibrant youth for national development.
Speaking at the event, Dare, described the former Chelsea player as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development have continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.
The minister promised to support Mikel’s vision and the vision for sports development in the country and also assured the Stoke City midfielder of the Federal Government’s unalloyed support whenever he chooses to invest in the country.
“Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.
“It is my pleasure to appoint you as Nigerian Youth Ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians,” the minister asserted.
In his response, Mikel expressed delight with his new portfolio and promised to work with the sports ministry to foster youth development in the country.
“I feel highly honored to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling. I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among others”, Mikel said.
The event was followed by a tour of the National Stadium, Surulere which is undergoing rehabilitation.
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