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Oghomienor highlights role of alumni bodies in sports development

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Nigerian sports will gain a lot if old students returned to their schools to build the sports infrastructure, chairman of the Blaugrauna Sports Group, Leslie Oghomienor has said.

Oghomienor, who revealed that research has shown that genuine and selfless involvement of educational institutions’ alumni bodies in furtherance of the institution’s vision and mission advancement is not only a pride to an alumnus, but a great catalyst for its sports development.

Speaking on the recent move by the Sports Committee of the St, Gregory’s College, Obalende Alumni Association, Saints Gregory’s College, Obalende, to ensure the school shines brightly in both local and international academic sports competitions, Oghomienor said at the weekend that his organization would look into areas it could help to restore the school’s leadership in sports.

The Blaugrauna boss, who met with the school’s administrator, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ayeni, described the new move as a welcome development worthy of support.

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“Every citizen, including the children, youths, must be interested, take responsibility and work hard persistently in the direction of reaching our individual goals and objectives which collectively brings about the much anticipated tremendous change.

“As very valuable stakeholders in these areas – education and sports, our vision is to see our children do greater exploits than us, becoming not only great leaders, but dependable and reliable in their pursuits, for the good and well being of the larger human race,” he said

Corroborating Ayeni’s views, he said many eminent and great stars from the school had done the nation proud locally and internationally.

“As an individual, and as a representative of my organization, we believe that wealth- no matter in what form, is better enjoyed when genuinely and selflessly shared, without strings attached, and when the haves in the alumni bodies give back to, not only their schools, but others who might not be as rich,” Oghomienor said.

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