Oloibiri , First Oil well Community in Bayelsa holds Marathon Race in Remembrance
Worried and pained by the neglect ,lack of development and abject poverty of Oloibiri community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa where oil was first discovered in 1958, an annual marathan race is billed to hold. It is tagged “Oloibiri-Marathon Race” in remembrance.
According to the Project Coordinator of Mahogany twenty first Concept Mr. Eyinimi Omorozi , the marathon event which will be the first of its kind to ever hold in this part of the country is going to attract local and international
athletes to participate in any of the three race categories
5km, 10km and the main 21km race.
Omorozi disclosed that, it is in collaboration with relevant partners and stakeholders, adding that the Oloibiri – Marathon Race is aimed at not only promoting sports, but also about talent development with its socio- economic benefits.
According to the promoter , “Oloibiri – Marathon Race” will serve as a strategic platform to
give national and international recognition and visibility to Oloibiri in the attempt to
promote and preserve for posterity the oloibiri national historical heritage that
has long been abandoned, neglected and seemingly forgotten.”
“Designed as an annual international half marathon event brand that will attract the participation of amateur and professional athletes from within and outside Nigeria.”
“The Oloibiri -Marathon race is
also to provide a platform for critical stakeholders – state and federal government agencies and international oil and gas companies,athletics, associations,the media to freely interact and explore partnerships and collaboration.”
“Key facilitators and
stakeholders expected to participate in the classic event include, the Bayelsa
State Government, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Petroleum
Development Trust Fund (PDFT) the Nigerian Content Development and
Monitoring Board (NCDMB)”