A new dawn appears to have beckoned for sports in Lagos State. The move initiated by the Board of the Lagos State Council led by Hon. Agboola Dabiri was aimed at developing sports at the grassroots across the state. However, one major step directed at achieving the objective was taken penultimate weekend when the council held a three-day retreat with the theme: â€œWay Forward for Sports Development in Lagos State.â€
The event which was organised at the State Luxurious Chalets in Badagry was attended by the Commissioner of Youth, Sports and Social Development, Prince Adeniji Ademola Adele, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry among other directors in the ministry, members of the board of the sports council and its management and association chairmen.
At the end of the three-day brain storming, participants unanimously agreed as expressly directed by the State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola that sports and education must go hand in hand in the sports councilâ€™s development programme in his address at the inauguration of the board. Also the communiquÃ© also noted that sports development which it said was the bedrock of sports delivery, must as a matter of deliberate policy be given priority in funding and execution. It further highlighted the need for adequate funding of all sports associationâ€™s programmes and athletes welfare.
Speaking after the retreat, participants who bared their minds to journalists were of the strong belief that if the recommendations contained in the communique are given adequate attention and action by the Lagos State Government, the much desired sustainable sports development shall be realised; and will propel the Lagos State Sports Council to new heights.
They also expressed delight at attending the Retreat and thanked the Council and the Ministry for the opportunity of contributing their quota to the development of sports in the state and urged that the idea be sustained.
However, before the closing ceremony, the Commissioner of Sports, Youth and Social Development, Prince Adeniji Adele reiterated governor Fasholaâ€™s directive that nothing but the first position was acceptable to the government and people of the state at the next National Sports Festival holding in Portharcourt, Rivers State .
His words â€œWe know we have the potentials and as we also know, the governor has said that nothing but the first position is good enough for the state at the next sports festival. I want to reiterate that position because I am sure that if we work hard with the potentials we have we will not disappoint Lagosians.â€
In his speech, Chairman of the council, Hon. Agboola Dabiri requested all hands to be on deck to enable the state achieve her set goals both at the Zonal Elimination scheduled for Ilaro, Ogun State and the National Sports Festival scheduled for Portharcourt in November.