Ogun To Return State Sports Festival - Isiaka - oguncitynews


Thursday 28 March 2024

Ogun To Return State Sports Festival - Isiaka


By Yusuf Olatunji 

The Ogun state government qhas said it would revive the moribond state sports festival which serves as a prelude to the National Sports Festival.

The sports Commissioner for Development, Mr. Wasiu Isiaka disclosed this on Tuesday at the 2nd biennial inter house sports competition of Vivanis Group of Schools held at the Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta.

Isiaka said the state sports festival which was last held during the Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration would avail the state government to discover talent and nurture them to stardom


explained that, this would bring competitiveness among the state athletes that will represent the state for the National Sports Festival.

He said arrangement is in top gear with the state Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to organize talent hunts among primary and secondary school pupils in the state to improve sports at the grassroots level.

"It is our responsibility to nurture them to stardom. We are meeting SUBEB and education ministry to see how we can bring back school sports. The government is determined to improve sports, there's a specific plan. We are bringing talent hunts between primary and secondary schools. 

"The government is ready to do everything possible to engage them. Sports have a unique way of bringing people together. We are planning a lot of things because we have the ability to train these talwnts. We are trying to make sure there is synergy between the private schools and the state government.

"The government has concluded plans to bring back State sports festival, we are going to return it and plan is on the way."

Isiaka however said the sports ministry would begin open trials for athletes that will represent the state at the National Sports Festival.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ogun state chapter, Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji charged the state government to begin early preparation for the forthcoming national festival.

Ogunsiji maintained that early camping of the athletes would ensure the success of the state at the biennial sporting event.

In his welcome remark, the Director of College, Vivanis Group of Schools, Mr. Desmond Nwachukwu commended the state government for creating an enabling environment for sports to thrive.

Nwachukwu called on the state government to beam its searchlight for talents among private secondary schools in the state, saying this would give every parents a sense of belonging.

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