Children who have origins from Rivers State will be given priority at the recently commissioned Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt and this is according to the state governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike.
The Governor informed that 70 per cent of the students of the academy will be from Rivers State, while other Nigerians will account for 30 per cent of the participants.
“The money used to execute this project is from Rivers State. Therefore, Rivers money is for Rivers people. Seventy per cent of the students will be indigenes of Rivers State. The remaining 30 per cent will be from other states,” Governor Wike said on the day the academy was launched.
“All Rivers indigenes to be trained in the Academy will school here free of charge,” he added.
Wike continued that the Real Madrid Academy marks the beginning of a new football era for the state and Nigeria.
“Our dream has come to fruition by the help of God,” Wike said.
Governor Wike added that the State Government has resolved to construct a school and hostel in addition to the present facilities at the academy.
According to the governor, Rivers people deserve the best, hence his administration is committed to initiating and executing quality projects for the people.
Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and the Middle East, Inigo Vallejo assured the Rivers State Government that the club will continue to support the sustained development of the Academy.
He said after series of engagement with Governor Wike on the Academy, the club keyed into it and would help drive the project.
He stated that Real Madrid Football Club will provide the necessary technical support to develop the academy.