By Amgbare Ekaunkumo, Yenagoa
The Governor elect, Chief David Lyon has donated the sum of seven hundred and fifty thousand (N750,000.00) naira to Bayelsa-born chess sensation, little Deborah Quickpen to enable her participate in the upcoming African Youths Chess Championship in Namibia.
Presenting the cheque to Miss Ebimoboere Quickpen, Lyon said he was overwhelmed with joy seeing young talent like Ebimoboere making Bayelsa proud globally, adding that much priority will be given to talent hunt in his administration.
Chief David Lyon who was represented by Prince Ebitimi Amgbare expressed hope that Ebimoboere Quickpen would participate in the forthcoming chess tournament and come out victorious.
Amgbare reafimmed David Lyon’s commitment to harness the abundant sports talent in the state while also promising to rebrand sports not only as a means to postively engage the youths but to boost the state revenue.
The one time commissioner for sports promised that sports development will receive adequate attention, saying the the Governor- elect is a lover of sports who would do everything to support sports.
“The Governor-elect is a man that believes no talent most die, if you need help you will get it and that is what he has been doing. So, when this opportunity came he took it. He is a man that will always listen to issues like this. That is his lifestyle and that is what he will do in governance.
“Every sector will receive adequate attention, we know the important of sports. We know what we have done with sports in the past and we know the gifts Bayelsans have sportswise, and all those talents will be properly harnessed”, he added.
Responding, the chess Coach, Bomo Kigigha thanked the Governor-elect for the kind gesture which he noted will enable her participate in the championship.
Kigigha said that little Deborah Quickpen is the youngest medalist in sports globally and expressed confidence that she will come out tops in the African Youths Chess Championship in Namibia.