Obaseki to build mini-stadia for schools in Edo State
Determined to fulfill his electioneering promises to the people, Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said his administration would go round every local government area in the state to identify properties in schools with enough space to build mini stadia for sportsmen.
Speaking at a two-day workshop organised by the state government to chart the future of the sports sector, Obaseki disclosed that his administration would set up a technical committee to domesticate sports policies.
Since the creation of states in 1991, which divided the old Bendel State into Edo and Delta states, the former has been picking the crumbs in national sports activities, unlike Delta, which continues to dictate the tune. But Governor Obaseki revealed yesterday that the strategic committee would play an advisory role to ensure that the outcomes of the workshop were executed and that sports in the state regained some pride.
“The committee will advise me on how to design structures, who to hire to do what in sports, how to set goals, targets, rewards, incentives and repercussions when we do not meet our target”, he said.
Within the next three months, Governor Obaseki declared, his administration would upgrade the swimming pool at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to produce swimming champions for not only Edo State, but also for the nation, adding, “We can also have a relationship with the international cycling federation to enable us partner and have another international cycling tour in Edo State”.