The Lagos State Sports Commission Amendment Bill 2021 has scaled second reading in the State’s House of Assembly.
Given an overview of the bill during plenary session on Tuesday (Today), the Acting Chairman of Committee on Youths and Sports, Hon. Owolabi Ajani stated that “ the development of sport related businesses is very apt; if you look at it, around the world, different countries deal in the business of sports, in the premier league alone, it is roughly 14 millon pounds even the one we have in Africa here and South Africa is worth 300 million dollars , I believe with the population in Lagos State we will be able to achieve something close to that mark in a very short time”.
” If we look at the combine network of our football players now, we are going upward of almost 200 million , these are the people who are Nigerians and who are active in sports all around the world . It is a very viable game”, said Ajani.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo ( Somolu 1) while expressing his support stated that the Bill was timely, adding that it would promote Public and Private Partnership benefit and also promote sporting activity among the youths.
” This bill is timely because it will promote PPP benefits and as well promote sporting activity among our youths. Our youths are gifted and skilled in various sports, this bill will enhance it when passed into a law”, said Olowo.
In his contributions, Hon Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-osa 2), said that the Bill when passed into law would help the youths in both physical and mental development, adding ” It will open doors for investors while the young participants enjoy life changing opportunities. This will result in a boom of our economy as well”.
Hon. Sanni Okanlawon ( Kosofe1) stated that the Bill would give a lifeline to the youths who are talented in different sports.
Okanlawon added “it is very apt and it is something that we all must support”
Also, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2), added ” The bill will help in growing our local sport and enable us to export quality skills abroad. The bill will enhance skill development and increase sporting productivity of the youths.
However, the Speaker, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa who presided over the plenary session stated that “The bill will give an opportunity to engage our youths and take them away from the street. A lot of sporting activities can be utilized to engage the youths particularly by opening up sporting activity without limiting it to football , boxing and others. Everything must be taken up, even our local games . It is an opportunity to start and change the narrative for the youth. By so doing you have distracted them from crime”.
He added “we have to call on the Executive, particularly Mr. Governor to do everything possible to make sure this Bill is well implemented when it becomes Law and each one of us has a duty to perform . I am passionate about the Bill and I urge us all to support it.
The Bill has been committed to the House Committee on Sports and Youth Development to report back next Monday.
In another development, the House screened Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s nominees for the Lagos State Health Service Commission, Lagos State Procurement Agency Governing Board, Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation Governing Board and Lagos State Judiciary Service Commission.
The screened nominees for the State’s Health Service Commission are Dr. Mrs. Onayiga Atinuke as Chairman , members include Mrs. Adekemi Ogunyemi, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya, Dr. Olumuyiwa Solanke and Mrs. Adepeju Muyibat Adeleye.
Nominees screened for the Lagos State Procurement Governing Board are; Ms. Folusho Olayinka Omobowale, Mr. Folusho Hakeem Mustapha and Mr. Olusola Lanre.
Members of Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation Governing Board screened are; Mr. Goke Adeniyi and Ms. Omolara Abike Cudjoe Alakija.
Screened for the State Judiciary Service Commission are; Mr. Supo Ati-John, Mrs. Bamidele Akinyemi and Mr. Seinde Kareem all await the House confirmation .