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Edo State Executive Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said his electoral promise to make the youths as a focal point of development in the state will be driven through sports.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of a two-day workshop tagged ‘Repositioning Sports In Edo State’ in Benin City on Tuesday evening the suave state Chief Executive, said he is ready to make Edo Sports not only a business arm of the government but return the state to its previous status as Nigeria’s number one sporting state.
The event was chaired by former Green Eagles skipper and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Chief Olusegun Odegbami (MON), and had the Deputy Governor of the state, Comrade Philip Shuaibu, attending all the sessions. The Think-tank was the brainwork of former SA to President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was also Secretary To Edo State Government under Comrade Adam Oshiomhale, Prof Julius Ihonvbere.
Obaseki, said he was thrilled at the quality of attendance at the event and will later in the week set up a five-man Technical Committee to look at recommendations made at the workshop. “The recommendations of this Workshop will not go like the others in the past, I beat my chest to say it will be the Bible of the Edo State Sports Commission, that will soon be constituted”, he said.
He also had kind words for the revival of Bendel Insurance fc, declaring that there are plans to make sure the holding company is revived and restructured to be able to cope with proper funding of the club, even as the government is desperate to ensure that the club returns to Nigeria’s elite league at the end of the current season.
Earlier, Chief Odegbami, had spoken glowingly of Obaseki, saying he is one of the most detribalised Nigerians he has ever met. “Otherwise, how can you pick somebody from Ogun state to come and chair a Workshop in Edo State, knowing the intellectual capacity of Edo and the huge sports men they have produced in the past and present, who can even do the job better than me”.
Among dignitaries at the event are Prof Ojeme, Prof Fasan, NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, AFN President and Publisher of SportsDay, Chief Solomon Ogba, former Super Eagles Coach and NFF Scribe Fanny Amun, Women’s League Chairperson Aisha Falode, top sports journalists from all over the country and top government officials.