The CEO of Pamodzi and organiser of the annual Okpekpe international 10km road race, Mike Itemuagbor, has dedicated his award as the pioneer of world acclaimed road races in Nigeria, to the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki.
Itemuagbor’s effort at organising the first World Athletics-label road race in West Africa was recognised at the Sportsville awards on Sunday.
According to the organiser, Itemuagbor was honoured because “”the Okpekpe 10km road race which you pioneered has not only succeeded in changing the face of road races in the country but has also put Nigeria in the world map of countries with internationally accredited road races.”
In his acceptance speech, Itemuagbor said the race would not have become the first World Athletics label road race in Nigeria nay West Africa without the huge role played by the people and government of Edo state led by the Governor Godwin Obaseki.
”Without the road infrastructure in Okpekpe this would not have been possible to organise and huge credit must go to His Excellency, the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki who, as head of the economic team of the former Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, insisted on the construction of the road to Okpekpe and its environs despite criticisms that government was constructing roads from somewhere to nowhere.
”I am delighted we have been able to change the narrative as the road has not only opened up the Okpekpe community but has also placed Edo state and Nigeria on the map of the world as a destination of sort for sports,” said Itemuagbor.
The Okpekpe race organiser personally handed over his plague to the deputy governor of Edo state, Comrade Philip Shaibu who was also honoured at the event.
The eighth edition of the silver labelled- Okpekpe international 10km road race will hold on May 28.