Nigeria: Ekiti govt solicits stakeholders’ support for sports development
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, Jan. 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Permanent Secretary in the Ekiti State Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Yemi Owoseni has solicited the support of sports loving individuals, corporate bodies as well as other philanthropists in complementing the efforts of the government to develop sports in the state
Mr. Owoseni made the call in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital during a meeting with the General Manager of the State’s Sports Council, Mr. Deji Samo, Coaches and the Organising Secretaries of the Council.
He lauded the efforts of the Kayode Fayemi-led administration at funding the sector and ensuring full participation of the State athletes in local, national and international events noting however that funding and administration of sports cannot be left to government alone and so well-to-do individuals as well as corporate bodies must make it their social responsibility to support the efforts of government to achieve desired goals.
Lamenting incessant loss of athletes trained in the state to other states, Owoseni cautioned coaches against instigating their athletes against the State’s Sports Council stressing that the ripple effect of such act would be uncontrollable and most times leave the athletes vulnerable to unscrupulous agents that may want to lure them with bogus promises.
While calling for absolute cooperation from all stakeholders, Mr. Owoseni emphasised that no meaningful development could occur in an atmosphere of rancour, assuring that the present administration of Kayode Fayemi would continue to develop Sports as part of its youth development programmes.
In his remarks, the General Manager of the State Sports Council, Mr. Deji Samo expressed gratitude to the State Government in its efforts at boosting Sports in the State.
Mr. Samo, however stressed the need to reciprocate government’s gesture urging all stakeholders to support the efforts of government while workers must shun laziness, disorderliness and other forms of indiscipline.
Expressing confidence in the ability of the workforce to perform creditably, Samo called for necessary incentives and routine supervision of the workforce.
In a related development, the Ekiti State Government has officially received six athletes that won laurels for the state at national and international competitions in 2018.
The athletes, who won 20 medals for the State in tennis include 9 year-old Oluwaseun Ogunsakin, a Junior Secondary School (JSS1) student of Christ School, Ado-Ekiti and 12-year old Esther Oni.
Three others are Youth Olympian Tosin Oribamise, Adeleye Daniel, and Bamidele Omolayo, while another 9-year old boy, Adeeri Fagbenro received recognition for designing an internationally acclaimed baseball and softball gloves.
While receiving the athletes, the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Yemi Owoseni showered encomiums on the athletes and their parents charged youth to emulate the doggedness and hard work of the athletes.
Owoseni, who assured that the State Government would continue to support sports development in the State added that the present administration would do everything humanly possible to encourage all youth in the state.