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I ‘ll prioritise athletes’ welfare – Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye

By Femi Atolagbe

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development ,Mr Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye has promised to prioritise the welfare of athletes.

Yusuf- Ogunleye stated this while playing host to the executive members of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) Ondo State chapter, led by the chairman, Mr Segun Giwa to his office in Akure, the state capital.

The Sports Commissioner thanked SWAN for the support and belief in the re- structuring process ongoing to reposition the state owned teams and athletes for better performance in competitions both home and abroad.

He assured members of the state’s chapter of SWAN of more collaborations.

He said that the welfare of members of the sports writers will be looked into (home and away matches) and also carry along Football Association to be partners in progress.

He said: “I want to thank you for your support. I am in touch with your chairman on regular basis to see how we can promote the image of this office and to let people know what we are also passing through”

“Change is difficult but we must take steps. Sunshine Stars is number 18 now, the question I ask is how did we get here and how do we get out?, We are taking steps and i hope and pray we get it right at the end of the day”

While expressing dissatisfaction on the state of welfare of athletes in Ondo state, he assured that adequate reward and recognition will be given athletes who have made the state proud to serve as encouragement.

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“We will not do anything without involving SWAN in Ondo State. I want to assure you that we will look at the welfare of athletes. I have discussed this with the General Manager of Sports Council. We must continue to present outstanding athletes to the Governor for recognition to encourage others”.

“I am not going to be commissioner for ODSFA or commissioner for football alone. I am commissioner for all sports and will ensure we partner with you for inclusiveness”.

The Sports Commissioner said a committee will be set up involving both the FA and Ondo SWAN which will jointly constitute the associations, assuring that competent hands will be recruited to get the right results.

Earlier in his address, the chairman SWAN in the state, Mr Segun Giwa appreciated Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa for appointing Mr Saka Yusuf – Ogunleye, describing him as a round peg in a right hole.

Mr Giwa appreciated efforts of the commissioner at repositioning the state owned teams and implored him to look into the welfare of SWAN members calling for upward review of monies allotted to boost the morale of members in subsequent matches.

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