The Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sports is to spend the sum of N1, 235bn in year 2019, for its capital projects and recurrent expenditure.
The Director, Public Private Partnership, Mr. Iskeel Aboaba stated this at the budget defence of the ministry held at the State House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying out of the amount, N1Bn would be used for capital projects and N235m for recurrent expenditure.
Aboaba in a statement made available to the spokes person of the Ministry, Mr. Adeniyi Akinbobola, said as at 31st of October this year, the Ministry was able to generate N1, 073,764m, which represented 64.41% of the N2m target Internal Generated Revenue for year 2018, expressing hope that the Ministry would meet up with N2m set as revenue target for year 2019.
Speaking on the performance of the State athletes at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival taking place in Abuja, Aboaba said the athletes are performing beyond expectation, as 22 medals have so far been won in various sporting activities and some of the athletes are in the semi final and final stages of the competition, appreciating the State government for making the participation of team Ogun athletes a reality.
Speaking, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Victor Fasanya, said major stadia in the State, particularly Muda lawal and Ijebu- Ode, needed urgent attention, as they remain major arena where talents would be discovered and the hosting of national and international sporting events.
The lawmakers charged the Ministry to begin hunting for talents at the grassroots that could be nurtured into national and international stars, as well as find a way to partner more corporate bodies, who are more interested in sports development.
Alake Sports Council and M.K.O stadium, Abeokuta, Dipo Dina stadium, Ijebu-Ode and Gateway International Stadia, Ilaro and Sagamu also defended their budgets.