Wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, says her annual football competition, the Betsy Obaseki Women’s Football Tournament, will continue to serve as a platform to emancipate the girl child.
Obaseki stated this during a ceremony to unveil the mascot and theme of the competition, which holds from Oct 23 to Nov 1 in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Friday.
The competition, with the theme, “End Gender-Based Violence,” is aimed at harnessing sporting talents in the state and will highlight the efforts made by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to end gender-based violence in the State.
“Edo used to be number one in trafficking worldwide but now we are nowhere near the top 10,” Obaseki stated.
“So, we continue to power young girls, we want to ensure we help them out. The theme of the first edition was ‘Girl Child Education, while the second edition was
‘Fight Against Drug Abuse,’ which has become a pandemic.
“For the third year we are tackling gender-based violence, it’s a problem so rife in our state and across the country. Every year, we’ll take up one problem and fight it with the tournament until we move the rock out of the way so that our young people can realise their destinies,’ the Edo First Lady added.
Thirteen teams will view for honours at this year’s edition.
Group A has Edo Queens, Naija Ratels and Remo Stars, while in Group B Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens and Confluence Queens slug it out.
Rivers Angels, Robo FC, Fortress Ladies and Heartland Queens are in Group C.
Group D has Delta Queens, the NWFL champions; Ekiti Queens and Osun