Ogun Renews Support To Sports Development As SWAN Decorates Abiodun As Grand Patron - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Ogun Renews Support To Sports Development As SWAN Decorates Abiodun As Grand Patron

Ogun State Government says plans are underway to reposition sporting activities and sports administration in the state, while  assuring the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria of a robust support and intervention towards improving sports broadcasting in the State.

Governor Dapo Abiodun  gave the assurance on Tuesday while being presented with an award and  decorated as Grand Patron by the state executives of SWAN who paid him a courtesy visit in his Office at  Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta

Abiodun represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi says the government appreciates the contributions of the association to promoting sports activities and development in the state

According to him, the government will support the retreat being proposed by the association for its members in September 

He added that his administration was ready to work with the sports association in conjunction with other sports veterans in the state and beyond in other to further reposition the sector so as to create wealth and employment opportunities for the youth.

The Governor also promised that the blueprint being proposed by SWAN , submitted to the government will be looked into for necessary review and implementation while he noted that his administration will further improve on the recent rehabilitation works carried out in the M.K.O Abiola Stadium through a public private partnership.

Abiodun further assured that plans were already underway through the public private partnership with his administration to reposition sporting activities including Tertiary Institution Games, Sports festival among under things which will be unfolded soon by the government.

Speaking earlier, the SWAN Chairman, Ogun State, Mr Hakeem Akintunde  said the visit was necessitated by the unanimous decision by members of the association which deemed it fit that the Governor be decorated with the title of the Grand Patron of SWAN owing to his immense contribution to sports particularly the support that cheered to victory Tobi Amusan, the Nigerian athlete, an indigene of Ogun State, who became the  Commonwealth and World Champion in the 100m hurdles as well as the record holder in the three competitions 

The association also presented a proposal to government with recommendations on how to review the state of sports in Ogun State 

 "Our primary assignment is to report sports and also partner in setting agenda for sports development. But we're as well potential sport administrators and because the world is changing and evolving day by day we need to equip ourselves with requisite skills in line with the dynamics of the profession", he said  

He noted that the association is also planning the second edition of the Ogun SWAN/ Security and Safety Corps Sports competition holding  September 5, 2022 and wants government to support the project.

Among other requests of the association presented to government was the provision of Operational Bus, support for the training of its members and the review of the NFF project and Sports Commission among others .

L-R: Ogun SWAN Chairman, Hakeem Akintunde (left) joined by the SWAN Secretary, Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji (right) decorating the Governor Dapo Abiodun as SWAN Grand Patron in Ogun State ably represented by the Secretary to Ogun State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi at the Governor's Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta

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