2024 National Sports Festival: Stakeholders Commend Ogun State Government For Putting Right Pegs In Right Holes - oguncitynews


Tuesday 11 July 2023

2024 National Sports Festival: Stakeholders Commend Ogun State Government For Putting Right Pegs In Right Holes

By Yusuf Olatunji 

Ahead of the 2024 National Sports Festival scheduled to take place in Ogun State, stakeholders have expressed optimism that the 16 Man Local organizing committee unveiled by the Ogun State government will deliver a top-class Sports Festival next year.

Through the office of the Secretary to the state government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, the Ogun State government on Tuesday, unveiled a 16 man LOC list which has renowned sports entrepreneur and former commissioner for youth and sports in the Gateway state, Chief Bukola Olopade as Chairman.

The LOC will be Co-chaired by sports enthusiast, Mr. Tilewa Adebayo, while highly revered administrator, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, Sports Psychologist Professor Seun Omotayo, Olympian Falilat Ogunkoya and former Director of Ogun State Sports Council, Prince Tunji Onatolu will serve as members among others.

While baring his mind, veteran sports Journalist,  Deacon Kunle Oluwusi noted that the state government has done well by appointing professionals to steer the ship when the National Sports Festival takes centre stage.

He said "The government has empowered professionals to get the job done, I'm optimistic that the event will be a success".

"Four of the newly unveiled LOC members were also part of the hugely successful 2006 National Sports Festival tagged Gateway games, I was part of the team alongside Hon. Bukola Olopade, Professor Seun Omotayo, Falilat Ogunkoya and Prince Tunji Onatolu, so success is written all over the event".

The 2006 National Sports Festival is adjudged by several stakeholders as the most unique in the history of the NSF.

Speaking in the same vein, the President of African Football Agents Association (AFFAA), Apostle Michael Sodeke gave thumbs up to governor Dapo Abiodun for the timely approach, he said everyone in the list will contribute their quota towards the success of the event.

In his words "Everyone is looking forward to the festival, the last one we had in Ogun State is still very fresh in the memory, and now we are set for another glorious moment, the LOC will do well, those in the team are tested and trusted, so I'm appealing to all stakeholders to come together and put up something beyond the ordinary".

On the part of former chairman, House committee on sports, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Olufemi Allen Taylor, the LOC can't afford to fail, he stressed that it's pertinent for vibrant individuals to be appointed into several sub committees, he also wished the LOC the best of luck.

Germany based former table tennis player, Dapo Akiode said he's looking forward to the multi sports event already, he assured Nigerians that the LOC has what it takes to put up the most glamorous National Sports Festival ever in the country.

16 Man LOC for 2024 National Sports Festival 

1) Chief Bukola Olopade, former commissioner for youth and sports, Ogun State. (MD Nilayo Sports Management Limited, right owners of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Abeokuta 10km Race, Remo Ultra race, Abuja Half Marathon 

2. Mr Tilewa Adebajo (Chief Executive Officer of CFG Advisory)

Dr Kweku Tandoh (CEO Sports Connect Consultancy Limited, former chairman, Lagos State sports commission), Professor Seun Omotayo, Falilat Ogunkoya, Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa, Hon  Dare Alebiosu; Mr. Kunle Solaja, Olusegun Oyende, Mr Olatunji Onatolu, Mrs. Modele Sharafa Yussuf,  Demola Are, Abiodun Jubril Elegbede, Ola Opedimeji Adisa, Dr. Kehinde Oluwadare and Dr. Kudus Adegboyega Yusuf.

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