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Buhari boosts Okpekpe Race

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 5:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

This year’s Okpekpe 10km race received a major boost as President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.) said the event, backed by the Edo State Government, would boost the economy of the communities where it would be held.

Buhari boosts Okpekpe Race

Buhari boosts Okpekpe Race

The race, now in its 3rd edition, would hold on May 16 in the sleepy Okpekpe town, near Auchi, in Edo.

A statement released by the Media Coordinator of the race, Ade Ojeikere, said the event; an IAAF bronze label competition was an annual marathon that has attracted top marathoners from across the globe.

It quotes the President-elect as saying: “A road like this in the newly re-built Okpekpe town will boost the economy of the communities. It is something that not only government can provide.

“There is no doubt that this road will provide accessibility to these communities. Projects like these are testimonies of high level thinking by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and how the APC-led government will transform the country for good.’’

It quotes Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo as saying: “I feel fulfilled that God has used us to make a difference in the lives of very ordinary people.

“We are convinced that rural Nigerians should benefit from development.’’

The first two editions of the race were dominated by East Africans