Sports in Edo State is about to witness a revolution following the resolution of the nascent Edo Sports Media Practitioners Forum in Lagos on Thursday.
The body consists of such eminent sports journalists as Frank Ilaboya, Ben Alaiya, Mike Maiyaki, Henry Okoduwa, Cecilia Omorogbe, Osaretin Emuzie, Patrick Omorodion and other eminent journalists from Edo state said they have resolved to partner the state government in the drive to reposition sports in Edo State.
In a communiqué signed by the body’s Protem Chairman Osaretin Emuzie and Secretary Smarts Ebodaghe, the body hailed the initiative of the second edition of the Okpekpe Road Race scheduled for May 3 in Etsako area of Edo State.
“We must praise the initiators of the Okpekpe Road Race, especially Mr Mike Itemuagbor and corporate Nigeria, which has been very supportive. We must also praise Governor Adams Oshiomhole for being supportive of this race which has assumed international status from the very beginning and we believe it’s the sign of greater things to happen to Edo sports”.
The forum while admitting the genuine desire of the Edo State government to revive foremost football club, Bendel Insurance FC, said there was need for concerted efforts from all and sundry to revive the darling club of the state. “We recognize the efforts of the government but our position is that more needed to be done to get the club back and running especially in the area of welfare for players and officials.
The forum then renewed its call for a formal meeting with Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, where some of the programme on its agenda can be formally presented to the governor for articulation. “We acknowledge the efforts of the governor and his team but as indigenes of the states and stakeholders we want to partner with the government to take sports in Edo State to another level, especially regarding personalities who manage sports in the state and we trust that the governor we oblige us” the communiqué declared.