James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta
The state of Ogun will soon establish a sports trust fund that would help create an enabling environment to take advantage of the multiplier effects of sports activities.
The governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, declared this when officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), led by the president, Mr. Amaju Pinnik, paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying that sports plus time has gone from being an entertainment pastime to a money spinning adventure.
“We are launching a sports trust fund to create an environment conducive to participating and enjoying the multiplier effects of sports activities. We are going to launch that very soon, so that our sports have enough funding, “he said.
The governor, who described sport as a means of youth employment, opined that when young people are kept busy, the rate of crime, gangsterism, drug abuse and other social vices committed by some of them is reduced to a minimum.
Governor Abiodun said the state over the years has produced sports stars, who have made the nation proud in many international sporting activities, adding that the state was ready to partner with the nation’s soccer body to further soccer in the state.
He said his administration was about to create the state sports commission that will be headed by a renowned sports entrepreneur, as well as some state stadiums such as Ijebu-Ode have been rehabilitated to encourage sports activities.
Speaking earlier, NFF President Amaju Pinnik praised the governor for his achievements in the last year and said he was in the state to prepare for the next General Assembly to be hosted by the state and the laying of the foundations of the sports house that would keep adequate records of soccer players in the country.