By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Osun State, Mr. Yemi Lawal on Tuesday disclosed that the State Sports Festival scheduled to hold this month will gulp over N100million.
Briefing journalists during a press conference to herald the first State Sport Festival tagged “OSF 2021 held at the Ministry of information and Strategy, Osogbo, Lawal said everything has been put in place for a successful event.
The commissioner who maintained that the event was for youth between the ages of 15-29, said it was borne out of the desire to discover fresh talents across the nooks and crannies of the state, as well as nurture them to stardom with follow-up programs and empower them to be useful for themselves and the society.
He said:”It has been the focus of the present administration under the leadership of our able and amiable Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola to develop Sports at the grassroots.
“This is a testimony of this aspiration in as much as this event will be taken to all nooks and crannies of the State.
“This festival will give all the Youths between the age range of 15 and 29, the opportunity to showcase their Sports prowess and those that are identified will be trained and nurtured to stardom.
“The festival will parade athletes in 31 sports which include athletics, football tennis, volleyball, boxing, weightlifting, Golf, all para-sports amongst others.
“The festival will be held in 3 phases of Local, Zonal and State while all Local Government Councils will present at least 100 athletes at the festival which will climaxes on August 2021.”
Lawal stated due to dearth in sports facilities in Osogbo, arrangement has been made to make use facilities in other towns such as cricket pitch and swimming pool at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
In their remarks, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, represented by the Coordinating Director, of the Ministry, Mrs. Bukola Aderibigbe and the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs Taiwo Oladunjoye described sports as a unifying factor, adding that the Festival will be a unique one which would go a long way in taking a lot of youth from the street, curbing youth restiveness and also reducing the rate of youth unemployment in the state.