Ambode promises more attention to sports development

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagosians have been assured of heightened sports development in the next three years in line with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s vision and campaign promises as captured in his road map for the development of the sector.

The focus includes provision of facilities in districts, communities and neighbourhoods, increased attention to schools sports for the discovery and development of athletes and the revival of the state’s sports trust fund.

The assurance was given during the weekend by the newly appointed Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Gbolahan Adewunmi Ogunsanya, whenh he received Lagos sports journalists in his office.

Calling for the support of the citizenry and partnership of the organised private sector towards achieving a more robust sport environment in Lagos, Mr. Ogunsanya expressed optimism that , in pursuit of the agenda, the massive performance being recorded by the state in various other sectors like roads, lighting, transportation, tourism and business infrastructure will also be brought to bear in sports.

“The Governor is very much aware of the importance of sports in society and is very serious about sports development. He has a clear vision with documented road map to direct the process. The plan is a product of a detailed study of the state sports environment. As part of the plan, the government would, by next year construct standard stadiums in five districts of the state, including the Maracana Stadium in Ajegunle and others at Igbogbo, Epe and Badagry.

“The plan also includes providing sports parks and recreational facilities in various neighbourhoods to revive grassroots, community and schools sports. This includes the construction of mini sports centres, indoor gyms or sports triangles, where space permits, in about 300 secondary schools across the state as legacy projects. This is expected to energise schools and after-schools sports as well as serve the communities.”

Although Ogunsanya acknowledged that the issue of availability of land tends to constrain the provision of sports centres in various communities, he said we will continue to develop ideas.

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