Ikuru, FLP partner Kodian Sports for youth devWritten by EMMA OWHONDA
Wife of Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Mina Ikuru, has identified the route to future security of the polity. She has argued that by engaging children and youths early in sporting activities, the society is securing the future.
Dr Ikuru, who was speaking at the Eastern Junior Tennis Championship 2014 for U-16, U-12 and U-10 held at the Port Harcourt Club Tennis Section, remarked that “bringing together children from different backgrounds bridges every class complex, gives them equal opportunities and allows hidden talents to show, be nurtured and rewarded.”
The event was put together by The Kodian Tennis Foundation and sponsored by the Deputy Governor’s wife.
Dr. Ikuru, at the event expressed her excitement at the tournament. She gave the reason. “This is because through this tournament we are celebrating the children, the future leaders of tomorrow. It’s an opportunity to teach them something productive, something creative, and I think it’s commendable.”.
Disclosing that the support for the tournament came from Forever Living Products (FLP), Dr Ikuru who has patterned with Forever Living for 5 years running and has risen to the Sapphire manager status in the company’s network chain, highlighted the economic opportunities offered by the company to over ten thousand (10,000) Nigerians and over eleven million people across the globe, regretting that “about 85 to 96 per cent of Nigerians are grappling with challenges of meeting their basic needs.
“The finance came from Forever Living Products and I need to emphasize this because of the economic situation we find ourselves today. About 85 to 96 per cent of Nigerians are grappling with financial challenges of meeting their basic needs. We are not talking about living in a good house, riding the best car or any of those luxuries, just the basic needs,” she explained.
Furthermore, enumerating the benefits of doing business with FLP, Dr Ikuru pointed out that “that was what led me to Forever Living Products. I managed high cholesterol, high blood pressure and overweight with Forever Living products. When these products worked for me and I was told about the company's financial empowerment opportunity, I read the company policy and believed I'll get my gold mine with FLP.
“So by daily practicing the basic principle of using the products, sharing the knowledge of the efficacy of the products and encouraging everyone I come in contact with to try the products and if they liked them to continue using them and most importantly sharing the knowledge with people around them, incomes are generated and increase to unbelievable amounts. It's a win-win situation. You get financial compensation for recommending and moving products to people.”
According to Dr Ikuru, there are over 250 products ranging from skin/personal care products like bathing soaps and shower gels, shampoos and conditioners, body lotions, perfumes, after shave; drinks: energy drinks, detoxifying drinks; chocolates and several others, adding that benefits enjoyed by FLP members include paybacks on every purchase, brand new cars, and all expenses paid overseas trips thrice a year.
The Deputy Governor’s wife also praised the organizers for showing foresight, noting that “it’s good to work with people who are foresighted and positive. I bought into the idea to see how we could capture some of these children and teach them, open their eyes, and get them excited about what is good for them,” adding that by bringing together the experienced and inexperienced tennis players, upstarts would their skills honed.
Earlier, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Port Harcourt Club, Senibo Bobo Brown, spoke on the goal of the event. “We are putting in their minds a dream of possibilities. By putting them thru this program we’re giving them a future that is bigger than the past,” stressing that “that interest is bigger than whatever we can dream today,” while congratulating “the organizers of this programme”.
In her welcome address, the founder and Coordinator of Kodian Tennis Foundation, Madam Stella Epegu, stated that the foundation, established in 2007 with the aim of providing free tennis training for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12, has developed and trained players who represented and won laurels for the State both at national international competitions.
She noted that the foundation’s “Operation Catch Them Young Tennis Project” would ensure the lads are positively engaged in trainings in short, mid-term and long holidays,” explaining that it will put “their talents and energy towards creative ideas, productive living, thereby generating a sound mind and healthy bodies,” calling on both the public and private sector to key into the vision of the foundation by providing critical support.