Mikel John Obi, erstwhile Super Eagles captain, has been appointed as a youth ambassador by the Nigerian government.
Mikel is to inspire Nigerians to arrive for excellence.
The investiture, which took place at the NOC secretariat, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Friday, was an initiative of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, geared towards driving a vibrant youth for national development.
Speaking at the event, Dare described Mikel, a former Chelsea legend, as a role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have positive impact on youths in the country.
Dare promised to support Mikel’s vision and vision for sports development in the country and assured the Stoke City midfielder of the Federal Government’s unalloyed support whenever he choses to invest in the country.
He said: “Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer.
“He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.
“It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador.
“It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians.”
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.
He said: “I feel highly honoured 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 others.”
The event was followed by a tour of the National Stadium, Surulere, which is undergoing rehabilitation.
The Minister stated that a lot of efforts had been put into the rehabilitation of the stadium with much emphasis on the pitch, scoreboard, tartan tracks and spectators’ stand.
He stressed that the Ministry had also partnered with a private organisation to change the seat of the 45,000 capacity Stadium to a standard one.
He said: “A lot has been put in place to ensure that the stadium returns to what it used to be.
“The seats are no longer in line with FIFA standard, but we have partnered a private organisation to have modern seats in place