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We are using sports development to engage youths in Oyo, says Makinde

By Eniola Daniel
19 April 2021   |   3:00 am
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, at the weekend, said his administration was developing sports to productively engage youths in the state.

Captain of Ibadan Golf Club, Ola Ibironke (left); overall winner of 2021 Oyo State Junior Golf Competition, Segun Ibironke; Governor Seyi Makinde and Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports, Tobi Oyewumi, during presentation of awards and certificates to winners of the Junior Golf Clinic in Ibadan… at the weekend. PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM<br />

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, at the weekend, said his administration was 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 week-long Golf Clinic organised for kids and teenagers by the Oyo State Ministry of Youths and Sports.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor while speaking at the Ibadan Golf Club, Ibadan, venue of the event, noted that the state had been creating platforms for youths to channel their energies to sports. 

Makinde also used the occasion to celebrate the achievement of the state, which placed sixth on the medal table of the just-concluded National Sports Festival (Edo 2020) with 103 medals and commended 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 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 the administration would not relent in repositioning the development of sports in the state.

Speaking on the just-concluded 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: “We want to have a programme for some of the children that won’t be able to afford golf clubs.”

“So, this clinic is good and I want to say that it will be a yearly affair and I look forward to seeing you next year. There will be a qualification and 30 per cent of the slots for the subsequent ones would be reserved for disadvantaged children. We will ensure that the quota is filled, even if it means that we have to buy golf clubs for them, we will do that.

“So, I want to congratulate winners and some of you that did not win. Next year, make sure you train harder and come to the court when you have the opportunity.”

Earlier, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Seun Fakorede, and the brain behind the golf clinic, Oyewumi, appreciated the governor for supporting sports activities in the state.