By Femi Atolagbe
The five-man committee on the formation of Ondo State Sports Association has submitted reports and its recommendation to the state government.
The Committee Chairman, Mr Sylvester Ikuejamoye while presenting the report said the committee was inaugurated by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye on July 31, 2018 .
The terms of the committee are to nominate philanthropists as Chairman of sports association who will be able to source for fund when the need arises, to put in place members of the society who have technical knowledge of the Sports.
“Others include ensuring that all the various Sports become lively in the state and to put in place members who have the interest of the association at heart for the development of sporting activities.
According to the committee chairman, “consequent upon the terms of reference, the committee met to draw out the roadmap for its success with the aim of achieving its aims and objectives , which includes interacting with the stakeholders”.
He said the outcome of the sessions brought to bare the urgent need for the government intervention to salvage the near collapse of the Sports sector in the state.
“The committee established that sports facilities were practically non- existence, morals of sportsmen and women are at lowest ebb, funding had been very inadequate with many sports associations unable to honour many competitions within and outside the country.”
“That there is general assumption that government is not in anyway interested in sports development owing to so many factors”.
“Having interacted with the stakeholders and come out with the above, the committee therefore recommended as follows: “that government should show political will as regards sports development in the State.”
“That government should establish sports planning committee comprising officials from the Ministry of Education ,ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ondo State Sports Council, tertiary institutions, major stakeholders to serve as “Think Tank”for sports development in the state.”
“That government should offer incentives to private sector to encourage them to key into sponsorship of specific sports programme, tax relief, government patronage”.
“That the government should make adequate budgetary provision for sports, education and training needs of sports, mandate all contractors that are receiving patronage from the state government to contribute certain percentage of the total contract sum (0.5%) to the Sport Council”.
“That the government should work closely with OSOPADEC, Local Government Service Commission, Local Government Councils and NDDC to effectively contribute to sports development at the grassroots through budgetary provision and implementation to enhance financing of sports programme in the State”.
“That there should be rewards and appropriate welfare packages for athletes and officials that won laurels for the State and Local government , to mandate the state Ministry of Education to include Physical and Health Education (PHE) as core subject in all school curriculum in the State among other recommendations.”
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye while receiving the reports on behalf of the government appreciated the committee members for their selfless services to the state and a job weldone.
He therefore called on the private individuals to join hands with the government to develop sports in the state as government alone could not do it alone.
The Commissioner however, promised to submit the report to the Governor for prompt implementation, adding that the report is not going to be kept under the carpet.
The Committee had Mr Sylvester Ikuejamoye as the Chairman, Mr Oluranti Netufo as Vice Chairman ,Mr Wande Fabuluje Member, Pastor Sunday Fagite Member and Mr Alex Daodu as secretary.