The 2015 Annual Gboko end of year basketball carnival came to a close with so much fanfare, last Saturday at the JS Tarka stadium Gboko, Benue state.
The event is sponsored by 2Feet Africa Foundation, with the support of Gboko Volunteers.
In an interview with our correspondent, the president of 2Feet Africa Foundation, the sponsor of the event, Mr. Fanen Iornem, said he was faced a lot of logistics problems in trying to put the event in place, calling on well meaning individuals to always lend their support towards the development of sports. He appreciated the participants as well as those who came to witness the event, saying it will get better with time.
Also speaking, former Permanent Secretary, Government House Administration, Mr. Eugene Ivase, while going memory lane, said the Gboko Volunteers were the first to organize an end of year basketball event in Nigeria.
According to him, the Gboko end of year project is a Gboko project and must be sustained to keep it as a legacy.
He appreciated the efforts of the management of New Idea Consultancy Services through its Managing Director, Prof David Iornem, the untiring efforts of 2Feet Africa Foundation, through its founder, Mr. Fanen Iornem, as well as the pioneers of Gboko Volunteers.
In their various speeches, the owner of Calypso Lounge, organisers of the Miss Gboko Beauty Pegeant, Mr. Bob Nege, the Accountant General of Benue state, Mr. Asen Kwaghhar, represented by Mr. Gideon Ngur, appreciated the organisers of the event, pledging their unalloyed support towards its continuity.
At the end of the competition, the Veterans team emerged the winner in the male category while the Knights came 2nd.
In the female category, Sparks emerged this year’s winner, Hustlers came 2nd while Naija Hoops came 3rd.
Various awards of meritorious service to the society were given to Mr. Tersoo Eugene Ivase, Arc. Wilfred Bula, Mr. Felix Akiga, Mr. Asen Kwaghhar, Mr. Christopher Dogo, Hon. Bob Nege, Coach Terkimbi Yende, Mr. Humbe Samuel Tsever, Josephine Akiga, Mr. Charles Mngerem, Rev. Sister Justina Nguveren, Dr. David Ge.
The management of New Idea Consultancy Services under the leadership of Prof. David Iornem, donated the sum of N250, 000 as scholarship to 10 best under-age players of the tournament.