Edo governorship aspirant unveils plans for sports development



An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has unveiled his plan to restore versatile sporting activities in the state, which, he said, would help in creating jobs for the state’s youths.

Obaseki said part of the plan is to encourage individuals, philanthropists and businessmen to contribute to sports development rather than leaving it for only the state government as is currently the case.

Speaking at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Sunday shortly after the Frot Group/Edo FA Cup final match between Inneh Football Club and Dynamite Football club of Benin, Obaseki described as disturbing the little support for sports by individuals and companies in the state, saying that he would formulate a policy to ensure that people involved in sports were supported and funded adequately as when due.

“It is very exciting for us and the whole sport industry is something we must encourage. You know part of our agenda is to create jobs and we see sport as an opportunity to create lots of jobs. You can see the energetic young men, very talented and fit, the way they have played is something we must encourage and sustain.

“What is distressing is that the resources required is not a lot and when I inquired how much it will cost to support a club it was less than N5 million a year and that I am sure can be afforded by individuals and companies in Edo State.

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