By Ajuwa Victor, Asaba
The mobilization committee for the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship has officially announced the sales of tickets for the championship taking place in Asaba from August 1 to 5.
According to the chairman of the committee, Itiako Ikpokpo Constantine, prices for the ticket range from N500 for popular side, N1,000 for VIP and N7000 for VVIP tickets.
He said that the sales outlets are located in various locations in Asaba and Warri, adding that Kwese TV office in Asaba is handling the sale of the VVIP tickets which comes with promos.
Ikpokpo, who is the state chairman of ALGON, said a roadshow to mobilize Delta people for the championship will run from the 26th to the 28th of July 2018 across the state.
He disclosed that notable music stars like Waje, Phyno, Harrysong, Solidstar, Erigga, African China and Oritsefemi will perform at the welcome party on the 31st of July and during the opening ceremony on the 1st of August and other evening sessions of the championship.
The former Director General for the National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Amos Adamu as well as the CEO of Padmozi Sports, organizers of the Okpepe Road Race, Mr. Mike Itemagbor are some of the high-profile Nigerians that have confirmed that they would work as volunteers during the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships.
Others include permanent secretaries, commissioners, captains of industry as well as other VIPs within and outside Delta state.
In a statement by Olukayode Thomas, head of media and publicity for CAA Asaba 2018, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Chief Solomon Ogba, expressed delight that the true spirit of volunteerism will be showcased in Asaba.
Ogba said he is particularly delighted with the interest being shown by some highly-respected individuals, noting that the younger ones can learn from this noble course chosen by the ‘celebrity volunteers’.
“We are happy that we are showing that in Nigeria people can willingly submit themselves to support a good course through working as volunteers.
“Across the world, this has been the norm and thankfully Asaba and Delta state are also setting a good example for Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” he said.
Also speaking, Itemagbor said he had always been an advocate for volunteers at the Okpekpe road race, stressing that he is ready to lead by example by working as a volunteer.
“We hope the younger ones can learn from us and choose to support great things like this, the fulfilment is in seeing this championship succeed and that supersedes any monetary gains and otherwise,” he stated.
Already, the Security Sub-Committee for the CAA Asaba 2018 headed by Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (rtd) have since begun the screening of applicants ready to work as volunteers at the championships.