Worried by the dwindling fortunes of Sports development in Ogun State, Gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) has promised to ensure that the State returns to her lofty position in Sports.
Isiaka who lamented that the gateway State had lost her edge in grassroots sports, reiterated that upgrade and revamping of some sports facilities across the State will be among his administration’s priorities if elected.
The governorship hopeful made the promise in Abeokuta at a monthly Squash Game and social gathering of the Royalty Club of Egbaland (RCE) held at the Palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
According to Isiaka, sports is a healthy way to engage the youths in profitable activities, adding that this will by extension ward off youth restiveness.
“I am impressed with what I have seen tonight. This is a show to promote the game of squash. It of course reinforces our belief that we need to revive Sports development, especially at the grassroots in our dear State. For me, Sports is one of the best ways we can engage our youth. It is also part of education. Now that human capital development is essential, we must invest in Sports so that our teeming youths remain productive. It is when we have productive youth that we can record meaningful development in government.”
“I am also assuring you all that when we come on board as a government, we would revamp the Sports ministry and adopt holistic approach to grassroots sports development through proper structure and supervision.
“We are also aware that most of our sports facilities are in terrible conditions, we promise to give them attention and where necessary upgrade them. We are going to do this because we know this State used to do very well in Sports. It would not be wrong to say Ogun was the hub of sports development in Nigeria. Now we have to find our way back to that enviable position. ” he said.
The Alake, Oba Gbadebo, a Sports enthusaist, who also watched the Squash games with much excitement stressed the need for stakeholders in the sports ministry to return to the drawing board to re-strategise the State’s path to grassroots sports development.
While identifying Sports as a unifying factor, the reverred monarch expressed hope that the next administration in the State will make Sports thrive again.