Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Council, Hon. Agboola Dabiri, has restated the councilâ€™s readiness to face the challenges of developing sports at the grassroots in the state. Dabiri, who restated the commitment and determination of the council to initiate a new dawn for sports in the state in his office on Tuesday, said all hands are on deck to actualise the dream.
The chairman who was reacting to the recent directive by the governor, Tunde Fashola, heaping the responsibility of sports development on the shoulders of the council, said there was no better time than now for such initiative to prevail.
His words: â€œWe commend the governor for taking the bold step. The implication therefore is that we at the Sports Council will work round the clock to achieve results. This is because such assignments come with responsibilities.
We have a lot to do and the best way to go about it is to work together with the sole aim to reclaim our position in the scheme of things at the national level. Lagos is the centre of excellence, we cannot afford not to live up to the expectations of the government and people of Lagos State.â€
On the councilâ€™s plan to transform sports in the state, Dabiri said efforts are being made by the council to stage series of competitions aimed at discovering new talents for the state. He said â€œWe are not sitting down folding our hands. We know what is expected of us as a council. First of all, we will be organising the Lagos Sports Month next month.
The competition will afford us the opportunity discover fresh talents the council and state will use during the next South West Zonal competition scheduled tom hold in Ilaro, Ogun State. Remember, the governor wants the best and we will aim to just deliver the best for the people of the state.
We have always been regarded as the best sporting state in the country. We will strive to reclaim the position at the next National Sports Festival scheduled for Portharcourt, Rivers State . Certainly, with the mandate and directive issued by the governor, the onus is on the council to restore and salvage the situation for the state. The job of sports development is not an easy one but I can assure Lagosians that the council will not disappoint them in the end.â€