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OSSG Restates Commitment To Revitalize Sport Sector

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

Special Adviser to Governor Gboyega Oyetola on Youth and Sports, Aremo Gboyega Adelabu has said that efforts are on top gear to address the challenges facing the sport sector in the state.

Adelabu who described the governor as a sport enthusiast assured that sports in the state will soon change.

Addressing journalists in Osogbo during the monthly Stakeholders’ Forum of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun State Chapter, Adelabu said that some steps have been taken to improve on sports facilities and equipment as well as make the state teams generate funds for themselves.

He said: “We know we are not yet where we wish to be but the narrative will soon change. The governor has approved the re-grassing of Osogbo Stadium and the contractor will soon begin to work on it.

“We have equally concluded arrangement to purchase good, modern equipment needed in other sports because we discovered that most of our athletes are using antiquated equipment to train.”

Adelabu said funding has been a major challenge confronting the sector.

He noted that to run a football club requires huge investment.

“Part of what we have done was to offer replica jerseys of Osun United and Osun Babes for sales to political office holders to jack up the revenue.

“There are plans to sell mugs, key holders and other merchandise that will bring income to the teams too. We are confident that with these, we can increase the financial base of the clubs.”

Earlier in his opening remark, Chairman of the Association, Timothy Agbor appreciated the gesture of Aremo Adelabu and reiterated that Osun SWAN would not relent in its efforts at promoting government activities aimed at developing all categories of sports in the state.

There was also a remark by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports Development, Vincent Akinbami who affirmed Governor Oyetola’s love for sports and several efforts to improve the performance of Osun United and Osun Babes.

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