July 17, 2021: Former Captain of Nigeria’s national soccer team, Mike Obi says he plans to build an international sports academy in Jos, his Central Nigerian birth place.
“He is planning to increase his investments in Plateau State and engage in social development to give back to his place of birth,” Mr. Makut Macham, the Director of Press to Plateau State Governor said, Thursday.
The Stoke City star who played for Chelsea for over a decade wants to support local sports development in the place where his career began, Macham said in a press statement.
“Mikel visited Governor Simon Lalong at the Plateau State Liaison office in Abuja where he praised the Governor for promoting peace. He said he remembers with fond memories his upbringing in Plateau State and the hospitality and love of the people as well as the beautiful and serene atmosphere that remains an attraction to people from within and outside Nigeria,” says the statement.
Governor Lalong according to the release described Mikel as a pride to Nigeria and Plateau State in particular.
The release quotes Lalong as saying “Plateau is famous for grooming stars in sports, entertainment and music, academia, banking, administration among others.”
Lalong told Mikel Obi that State will host a “Glorious Stars” event alongside an Investment and Economic Summit to showcase the potentials of the State and “reunite the array of stars that have emerged from the State over the years,” says Makut’s press statement.