The federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bayelsa State government for upgrading Asuama Sports Academy, located in Asuama, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government Area of the State.
The Bayelsa Sports Academy was established in 2003 during the tenure of former Bayelsa governor, Chief Timipre Sylva as a premier institute of sports for the training of young talents in the country.
The Sports academy, which is presently in a temporary site, was turned to a model secondary school of learning by the immediate past governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, with focus on formal education and sports training.
The State commissioner of Sports and Youths Development, Hon. Daniel Igali, while on a tour of the Institute, announced that the MoU with the federal ministry of Youths and Sports is expected to address the issues of upgrading of the facilities and structures in the academy.
Igali, who met with coaches, teachers and Principal of the Academy, Mr. Dickson Akpatako, said though there are challenges of poor building facilities, shortage of teachers and truancy, poor sports facilities and shortage of coaches, that, “This is a temporary facility. When we have everything completed, the academy will take shape.”
“My visit to the institution showed that the buildings need to be renovated while teachers and coaches are not enough. We have an MOU with the federal ministry of Youths and Sports because our goal is to make the institution accessible to young pupils from other states.”
“We are hoping that the expected upgrade will reshape the Institution for excellence. “
Igali, who is also an Olympic champion, assured the management of the Sports Academy of the State government’s commitment in upgrading the institute with more training facilities in boxing, football, wrestling and Judo.
Also speaking, the State commissioner for Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah, who was also on the assessment tour of the institution, warned against acts of truancy by the teachers deployed to the sports academy.