The maiden edition of Chief Lawrence Emareyo sponsored Inter-communities Peace Cup tournament in other to promote peace among warring communities in Urhobo nation, has kicked off with Oteri and Emeragha communities in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The football competition set to last for the next one month would bring together 20 communities in Urhobo nation to jostle for the price of N1 million as first runner up while the second runner up team will go home with N500,000 and other consolation prices.
In the opening match between Emeragha and Oteri communities, the sponsor Emareyo said, “The reason for this event is to ensure there is peace in our communities because there can never be progress where there is war.
“I have to bring this idea together because football is one thing that can bring people together and if any community want progress and development, there must be peace as no man would want to waste his hard earned resources on where there is no peace.
According to him to Emareyo the founder of IbILA Transport Services, 20 communities across Urhobo nation registered for the tournament and the winner of the event will cart home cash price of N1 million while the second runner up will go home with N.5m.
“While i was growing up here, i have alway experienced peace around and because of the frequent crisis among communities everytime instigated this competition so we can bring all together.
“I believed by the end of this tournament, the Ekiugbo and Otor-Iwhreko, Owahwa and Okwagbe and other communities we are targeting will have peace because football is a game that does not know enemy.
“By the grace of God, this is the first edition and as we continue doing this annually, our communities that are having misunderstanding would have come to embrace peace.
“The youths are my targets and by the time we continue to have tournament like this, we would be able to see their talent and we will take them to the next level. With this initiative we are going to take them from the street gradually.”
“We should endeavour to dispose ourselves to the pursuit of peace and exempt ourselves from the things that breach it, for it is this single act that brings us this great achievement we desire for ourselves.”
On their parts, the Otota of Ughelli kingdom and presidents of Ibo and Ijaw residents in Ughelli lauded the gesture of Olorogun Dr. Lawrence Emareyo for bringing the tournament of peace to Urhobo people.Oteri community won the opening match against Emeragha 2-1.