By Ene Asuquo
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress,(APC) Senator Bassey Otu has said that he would adopt the National Sports Industry Policy ( NSIP) which was signed by President Mohammed Buhari sometimes last year.
The Governorship hopeful dropped the hint recently when he met with sports stakeholders in the state during an interactive session on the way forward for sports development in cross River at the UJ Esuene Stadium, calabar.
The NSIP policy document is aimed at ensuring that sports play a prominent role as an instrument of national unity and cohesion.
Some of the policy document include, tax exemption and rebate for a period of five years, for investor’s in the value chain of sports, land provision and waiver for certain fees on land meant for sports, single digit loan interest, rate for cooperate organization and private individuals investing in sports value chain among others.
“We will stopped our athletes from looking for greener pastures, we will give sports men and women grant, Cross River will never be the same again”
“We are ready to grant tax incentives and waivers to would be investor’s in and outside the state”
According to him, Senator Bassey Otu, then promised to run a robust business model that will turn around the economy within the next few months in office, adding that his administration if elected, would deliver a new Calabar Rovers and Pelican Stars which are all State teams.