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10Km Okpekpe Road Race: Oshiomhole Calls On Investors

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 5:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo – Benin


Long distance runners from Kenya on Saturday dominated the 3rd edition of the IAAF Bronze Medal category annual 10 kilometre Okpekpe marathon in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo state as they grabbed the three positions in the female category and two of the three in the male category, just the state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, called on investor of the tourism potentials that the competition offers.

Tanui Aifele came first in the female category finishing at 33.34 minutes, she was followed by Rionoripo while Mary Wacere came 3rd.  In the male category, Alex Korio came first winning in 29.20 minutes and he was followed by Leish Gabrielselase of Ethiopia while Amos Mutei of Kenya came 3rd.

Commending the organisers of the event, Korio pledged to participate in future events, saying,”I am very happy, this is a race for Africa, I thank the organisers, it is to motivate us (Africans); and the race was also very competitive”

The winners in both categories who went home with $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively thanked the Edo the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who they described as the originator of the event.

Earlier, the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who led several other political office olders and some celebrities from nollywood on the 10 kilometre race before the competition proper, called on private sector investment in the sleepy Okpekpe community to open up the place.

According to him, “I am satisfied that the purpose of opening up this place is being fulfilled going by the level of acceptance the race has received locally and globally.”

“I am informed that in this year we have more participants than the previous years and by logic we expect that more and more people will participate. For me, I think this is one practical way to remind all of us that there is life outside urban cities and that the real Nigerians, the forgotten majority are in our rural communities.”

I appeal to our commercial banks and cottage industries to come here and boost commercial activities in this community.”