OWAN WEST LGA READY FOR IMOUDU CUP, AS ILABOYA GETS AWARD OF RECOGNITION

All is now set for the 11th Edition of Pa Michael imoudu memorial football tournament for under 19 male  and female Teams  in Nigeria.

The annual football tournament in memory of the first labour leader in Nigeria (Pa Michael imoudu) is being put together by the Federation of Youth Soccer Clubs (FEYSOC) South South zone, with the Eighteen local Government councils of Edo State represented at the event alongside Private teams from across the country.

The week long soccer carnival that will hold from November 15th –  22nd 2019 at Sabongidda Ora, Adminstrative headquartesrs of Owan West local Government Area(Host/sponsors)  is expected to be declare opened by the sports loving  Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu,.

According to the Executive chairman of Owan west local government Area Hon Frank ilaboya, the council is ready to stage the event in memory of Pa Michael Imoudu who sacrifice so much for labour during his life time, adding that the football tournament is coming at a time the council has set out Programs to engaged the youth of the locality meaningfully.

“The history of the Nigeria Labour Congress can’t be told without the name Pa Michael Imoudu who sacrifice so much for labour, he Promoted and defended the rights and the social well being of the Nigerian workers.

For me the football tournament in his memory is coming at the right time, as we have lined up various Programs to engage the youth of Owan West Local Government Area, Ilaboya stated.                       

The Digital chairman as he is fondly called by his admirers said this edition of Imoudu Cup will be different from previous events  as some fresh ideas will be added to make it worthwhile.

Pa Michael Imoudu who hails from Oke – Ora, of Owan west local government area of Edo State, donated the trophy for Youth football in Nigeria in 1999, to the federation of youth soccer clubs (FEYSOC) for grassroot football development.

Meanwhile, the national President of the Federation of Youth Soccer Clubs, Lawal Futua has congratulate Frank Ilaboya as one of the awardee by Edo state Government Agency, Edo jobs project in recognition of his youth empowerment programs in the state.

Futua praised the efforts of the former Edo FA boss for engaging the youth of Owan West Local Government Area meaningfully.

Meanwhile, ahead of the 2019 Alaghodaro Youth and Job Summit coming up on Monday in Benin City, the Head of Edo State Skills Development Agency, Mrs. Ukinabo Dare, has notified Owan West Council Chairman, Frank Ilaboya, of his nomination for award by the State Government’s Agency.

The notice of award sent to the Chairman by the Head of the Agency reads:

“We would like to use this medium to express our profound gratitude for believing in the EdoJobs project and for the unprecedented level of support you have given us so far.

“As part of the activities outlined for the 2019 Alaghodaro Youth and Job Summit, we will be acknowledging and presenting awards to major stakeholders and partners who have stood by us in achieving His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s Job Creation mandate.

“It is with great pleasure we write to inform you of your selection as one of the awardees for recognition. You and other recipients have stood out as leaders who exemplify ethical standards and admirable behaviour,” Mrs Dare added.

Ilaboya, in his acceptance letter, expressed gratitude to the Agency for finding him worthy to receive the award.

“Honestly, I am excited by this recognition by the Edo jobs, an agency well reputed for job creation and training in the State. I have received several awards for our Youth Empowerment Scheme in Owan West, but I must confess that none compare to this coming from the government agency that is well acclaimed worldwide.

“I want to express my profound gratitude to the Management of Edo Jobs for this honour and promise to keep doing more in the areas they found me worthy.”

The conferment of award will hold at Samuel Ogbemudia Hall (New Era College), Upper Mission Road, Benin City on Monday.