The Federal Government has appointed former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi as Youth Ambassador to inspire young Nigerians to strive for excellence.
The appointment which took place at the NOC secretariat, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos on Friday June 18, is another of the Ministerâ€™s initiatives geared towards driving a vibrant youth for national development.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, described the former Chelsea star as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development have continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.
The minister promised to support Mikelâ€™s vision and the vision for sports development in the country and also assured the Stoke City midfielder of the Federal Governmentâ€™s unalloyed support whenever he chooses to invest in the country.
Federal Government appoints John Mikel Obi as Youth Ambassador
â€œTime will not permit me to say much about Mikelâ€™s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.â€
â€œIt is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador. Itâ€™s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians,â€ the Minister asserted.â€
In his response, Mikel expressed delight with his new portfolio and promised to work with the sports Ministry to foster youth development in the country.
â€œI feel highly honored to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling. I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among othersâ€, said Mikel.