Ahead of the National Youth Games coming up in November in Kwara State, the Ondo State House Assembly has pledged its continued support to Ondo State athletes as they look forward to participating in the game.
It would be recalled that the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development through the Director of Grassroots Sports Development in the Ministry, Bode Durotoye had said the 2021 National Youth Games (NYG) would hold in Ilorin in October.
Chairman, House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports, Hon. Akogun Olugbenga Omole gave the assurance during an inspection visit to the Sports Council in Akure, the state capital.
Hon. Omole said, “It is the legislature’s pleasure to see the athletes win plenty of medals for the state”, stressing that the 9th assembly will do all within its power to ensure it comes to reality.
The lawmaker expressed the committee’s appreciation to the chairman of the sports council and his management team for ensuring a successful outing at Edo 2020 despite the various challenges ranging from paucity of funds to Covid-19 pandemic among others.
Other members of the committee who spoke encouraged them to do more while assuring that the oversight visit will address some issues confronting the council.
While responding, the chairman of the council, Henry Omoyele who appreciated the lawmakers for performing their legislative duty, promising that the council will continue to deliver on its mandate.
“I want to inform you that Mr. Governor is doing a lot to ensure that all this facility is giving a facelift in this year’s budget and I want to appreciate the House committee on youths and sports development for taking the responsibility to ensure that those areas that are directly concerned with sports are given the needful attention, and as well, collaborate with us to ensure that we continue to take part in all competition.”
He also thanked Governor Akeredolu for investing in sports, saying that as a country, Nigeria needs to keep tapping into the enormous opportunities that sports presents.
The committee was later conducted round facilities at the council .