…as Gov. Makinde receives world championship belt
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, reiterated the commitment of his administration to sports development, declaring that the government will provide an enabling environment for sporting activities to thrive in the state.
The governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said that his administration would ensure the success of the World Featherweight boxing fight scheduled to be held in Ibadan on December 27, 2020.
The governor stated these while receiving members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the World Boxing Federation (WBF) title fight, at the Executive Council Chamber, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
He assured the LOC of the necessary support of the government for the success of the Nigerian boxer, Ridwan Oyekola during the championship bout.
Earlier, the chairman, Local Organising Committee of the World Boxing Federation (WBF) of the title fight, Veteran Olawale Okunniyi, said that the World Featherweight Championship bout between a Nigerian -Ridwan Oyekola, aka Scorpion and an Argentile – Lucas Matias Montesino, will hold in Ibadan on the 27th December.
Okuniyi noted that the last time Ibadan hosted such a bout was on Aug 10, 1963 at Liberty Stadium, declaring that another bout was going to be held 57 years after.
He said that hosting such a global event in Ibadan under Governor Makinde, whom he described as a Sports’ lover, is the best thing to happen during his (governor’s) tenure.
According to the LOC chairman, the state has a lot to gain in hosting this event, because it will place the state on the centre stage of attraction, apart from the economic benefits the state would derive from the bout.
In his remarks, the co-chairman of the LOC, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo said: “The significance of this match is that if such a thing happened 57 years ago and we are going to have it here again; I think the governor, government and the people of Oyo state should be happy.
“The whole world will be focusing on Ibadan, Oyo State during and after the fight, there is going to be a lot of financial benefits for the state, because people will come from far and near across the world for the bout.
“I believe this is a fight that we must all support and I want to plead for the support of the state government and all the people of Oyo State so that our son – Scorpion, can win the title belt,” Ladipo stated.