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Okpekpe Road Race: We Need Cottage Industries, Hotels, Amusement Parks In Okpekpe–Oshiomhole

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 12:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By. Francis Onoiribholo

Bureau Chief, Benin


Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on the business community to invest in Cottage Industries, Hotels and Amusement Parks in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state so as to compliment the efforts of the government to open up the environment.

The governor made the call on Saturday after the 3rd edition of the 10km Okpekpe Road Race dominated by the East Africans.

Oshiomhole, who led dignitaries in the VIP Race, called on private sector investment in the community to open up the place.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Tanui Aifele came first in the female category finishing at 33.34 minutes, and 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.

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 also the race was 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.