Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, said that his administration is developing sports to productively engage youths in the state.
The governor stated this at the presentation of awards and certificates to the winners of the Oyo State 2021 Junior Golf Competition, to conclude a weeklong Golf Clinic organised for kids and teenagers by the Oyo State Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The governor, while speaking at the Ibadan Golf Club, Ibadan, venue of the event, noted that the state has been creating platforms for youths to channel their energies to sports.
Governor Makinde also used the occasion to celebrate the achievement of the state, which placed 6th on the medal table of the just concluded National Sports Festival (Edo 2020) with 103 medals, commending the state’s athletes.
He equally charged the Sports Ministry to ensure that the contingent comes back with 100 Gold medals in the 2022 Festival slated for Delta State.
According to him, the state will put everything in place to further develop sports, adding that his administration has embarked on the upgrade of sporting facilities across the state in order to attract talents and to ensure that there is a programme for every child, even those who could not afford golf kits.
He added that his administration will not relent in repositioning the development of sports in the state.
Speaking on the recent maiden edition of the Junior Golf Clinic, which is a brainchild of Tobi Oyewumi, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports Development, the governor said:
“The SSG said all the children that came for the Golf Clinic are well-fed and I said yes, because Golf is an elitist game. But we want to have a programme for some of the children that won’t be able to afford golf clubs.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Seun Fakorede, appreciated the governor for supporting sports activities in the state.
Similarly, the brain behind the Golf Clinic, Mr. Oyewumi, appreciated the governor for believing in sports development.
He admonished the parents to encourage their wards to develop interest in sports and inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship in them.