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Islamic Cleric Charges Govts On Youth Engagement In Sport To Curb Social Vices


…declares Ishrat 2022 open

By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan

The Founder and Spiritual leader of Shafaudeen-In-Islam World Wide, Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke has charged governments at all levels to actively engage the youths in sports to curb crime in the society.

The Islamic cleric stated this in his address during the 17th edition of Shafaudeen Groups of Schools, Ibadan inter-house sports competition organised to mark the commencement of the annual Ishrat convention of the organisation.

Prof. Olagoke who used the occasion to declare open the convention, pointed out that youths in their prime age with their enormous energy can do anything if they are not properly engaged.

He also advised the government to restore and revisit all recreational centers and make sporting equipments available and accessible for youths so they can be meaningfully engaged.

He said: “In those days, it was through inter-school sports that talent was discovered and developed into skills. We should revisit as I am doing. If I could multiply into thousand, Nigeria will benefit better.

“Schooling activities without sports is half-baked. Government needs to incorporate back in sports all they need is good advisers and representatives in executing the project, they have all it takes to do it.

“Family up-keep is an antidote to insecurity and a way of enhancing development. In every school we must make sure that sport take a vital position sports is all engaging which disallow you to go into anti- societal activities.

“Our recreational centres need to be revisited so that we can meaningfully engage those youths, there should be a recreational centers in all our wards with sports equipments that will be accessible for all, Nigerian youths need to be meaningfully engage to avert security issues.

“Youth in their adolescent stage which is their prime time, they have enormous power and  if they are not meaningful engaged they will divert those power and strength to something else and that is why we are having problem in this country now.”

Green (Shafaudeen) House emerged the overall winner of the inter -house sports competition with a total points of 132, while Blue (Olagoke) House came second with 118 points.

White (Rosool) House and Purple (Grand Ameerah) House came third and fourth with 96 and 90 points respectively.


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