2024 Sports Festival:Olopade, Adebajo, Others To Lead 16-Man Ogun Hosting Committee - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, July 11, 2023

2024 Sports Festival:Olopade, Adebajo, Others To Lead 16-Man Ogun Hosting Committee

Ogun State Government has unveiled its former Youths and Sports Commissioner,  Hon.Bukola Olopade and seasoned administrator, Tilewa Adebajo as Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the hosting of the 2024 National Sports Festival in the state 

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi who announced the unveiling of the 16-man committee in Abeokuta on Tuesday in a statement, listed other members  of the Committee to include Chief (Mrs.) Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo (MON) who is regarded as African Queen of tracks, a 1998 World  Athletic  Championship, 400 metres grand prix champion, two-time Olympic medalist and the first female Nigerian to win an individual Olympic medal and hold the African record in 400 metres till date. 

Olapade, the progenitor of the top-rated Access Bank-sponsored Lagos City Marathon, Abeokuta 10km Marathon race, and the Remo ultra-race, remains topnotch administrator in the world of sports in Nigeria.

Also included in the LOC, are  the  Secretary-General of the local organising committee (LOC) for the NSF Edo 2020, Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa, one of Nigeria's notable sports administrators, ex-chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC); working committee of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) and Chairman of the Youth Committee of African Table Tennis Federation, Dr Kweku Tandoh, as well as the renowned sports psychologist and head of the Department of Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences at University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana, Professor Oluwaseun Olanrewaju Omotayo, 

Others  are the Vice Chairman of Ijebu Ode Local Government, Hon  Dare Alebiosu; Mr. Kunle Solaja, Olusegun Oyende, Mr Olatunji Onatolu, Mrs. Modele Sharafa Yussuf,  Demola Are, Abiodun Jubril Elegbede, Ola Opedimeji Adisa, the former Commissioner for Youth & Sports and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth & Sports.

The SSG in the statement, mandated the LOC to set up subcommittees, made up of various stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free exercise as well as deliver a sports festival that is second to none in the country.

Governor Dapo Abiodun had expressed the readiness of the state to host the 2024 National Sports Festival (NSF) 

It would be recalled that the state government, earlier in May, had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development.

During that occasion, Governor Abiodun had told the Federal Government delegation led by the then Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, that Ogun State, being a state noted for recording many firsts in all spheres of human endeavour, was ready to host a world-class festival in 2024, adding that the state has capable hands and sponsors ready to support the bid.

To that end, the former minister,  while expressing the FG's acceptance of the proposal noted that the choice of Ogun State as the next host of the NSF was due to its culture of sports development, availability of sporting infrastructure and potential to host a befitting festival that would linger for a long time.

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