Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu will flag off the 9th Okpekpe international 10km road race this Saturday in Okpekpe.
Dare Esan, the media and activation director for the historic, first 10km road race in Nigeria says Shaibu will play a dual role at the race.
“His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu will participate in the celebrity race,’ said Esan.
Shaibu was presented with his bib in a colourful ceremony on Wednesday at an impressive ceremony in Benin after he registered via online for the race.
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“The deputy governor filled his form via the online platform like all others because he is still an active sportsman who has taken Edo state sports to greater heights.
“All eyes will be on the 53 years old to see if he will break his lifetime best in the 10km event,” added Esan
Meanwhile, Dan Oil and Petrochemicals have joined the list of corporate partners for the race.
One of the leading indigenous oil and gas companies, Dan Oil has always been associated with the race.
“We are delighted that one of the leading indigenous oil and gas companies in Nigeria whose services are tailored to meet and deliver the energy demands needed to move equipment and machinery needed to drive the Nigerian economy is partnering with us again to deliver another world class event,’ said Esan.
The media and activation director is thrilled with the way the race has been receiving support for corporate Nigeria and believes getting the Platinum label the Deputy Governor spoke about on Wednesday will be released sooner rather than later.
“We are the first road race in Nigeria to get a World Athletics label status and this was in 2015. We are also the first to have its race course measured and the first 10km race in Nigeria to be granted a gold label status.’
The ninth edition of the race will be held this Saturday in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government area of Edo state.