Ibet’s aim is grassroots sports development, says Elegbeleye
Former Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye has revealed that the newly unveiled betting outfit, iBet Nigeria, will facilitate sports development from the grassroots.
Speaking during iBet’s unveiling in Abuja on Monday, Elegbeleye, who is the chairman of the company, vowed to use it to positively facilitate sports development in Nigeria.He said: “What we are trying to do is to start a process where sports betting in Nigeria will be beneficial to sports development in the country.
“Already, we are discussing with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick on the ways iBet Nigeria can promote our young and talented players from the grassroots level. Not those that were already discovered but the ones yet to rediscovered.“We want to help discover them, polish them and prepare them well to be ready for our U-17 and U-20 national teams.
“Again, iBet Nigeria will help in empowering our youths. We want to engage Nigerian youths as iBet agents such as you have your shops and we give you our materials and people come to you to stake and you make commission.”
Elegbeleye disclosed that iBet will have offices in all the states and local councils of the country, adding, “We are targeting giving employment to at least 5,000 youths in the country.”
Among the eminent personalities that graced the ceremony were former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Ekiti State, Engineer Segun Oni, Samson Osagie, Colonel Tunde Akogun, Alhaja Ayo Omidiran, Mogaji Aliyu, Emeka Worgu, Chief Emmanuel Umana, Commodore D. T Hinga and Fred Otobo, Director General, National Arts and Culture.
Otunba Segun Runsewe, former Super Eagles Coach and iBet Nigeria Ambassador, Samson Siasia, Director General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila and iBet Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Simon Watson.