Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Friday in Port Harcourt inaugurated an organising committee for the city’s hosting of two international football matches in July.
Speaking while inaugurating the committee at Government House in Port Harcourt, Wike said hosting the matches would promote the state as a safe place for business and sports.
“The approval of the hosting of the matches in Port Harcourt by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is an indication of the confidence the football body has in the state.
“We must ensure that the matches are successful and played under a secured atmosphere,” he said.
The governor said the state would continue to play host to important national and international events to “dispel false information peddled by political opponents”.
He urged the committee to get to work immediately and determine the stadium to be used between the Liberation Stadium and the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
In his response, Chairman of the committee, Boma Iyaye, assured the governor that he and his colleagues would ensure that the matches were hosted successfully.
The matches are Super Falcons versus Equatorial Guinea on July 18, and the Dream Team VI versus Congo’s under-23 male national team on July 19.