Cross River State Government says it will use sports development to unite the people of Cross River and Akwa Ibom States starting from cycling.
Governor Ben Ayade stated this on Saturday, when he flagged off the maiden edition of the 25-kilometre AkwaCross Cycling Competition at the Millineum Park in Calabar, the State capital.
Ayade who was represented by his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu said the cycling show which is the first of its kind will henceforth become an annual event aside the Calabar Carnival. He urged young people and veterans to take cycling as a means of keeping fit periodically
On their part, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Eric Anderson and Deputy National Coach, Cycling Federation of Nigeria Emmanuel Onasanya, said the event is being used to preach humanity.
The event with the theme “Cycling for Humanity” had in attendance over 400 cyclers from Cross River and Akwa Ibom State even as the occasion was used to call for peace between Odukpani in Cross River and the Itu community in Akwa Ibom State over land tussle.