Sports Development: ODSG to partner Police College
By Femi Atolagbe
The Ondo state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin has expressed his ministry’s readiness to work with the Nigeria Police Secondary School, Ita-Ogbolu so as to achieve the dream of featuring its students in the under-15 National Games Festival in the country.
The Commissioner stated this at the Inter House Sports competition of the school held at its playing ground in Ita-Ogbolu, Akure North Local Government of areas the state.
Owanikin who said he was excited to grace the occasion noted that the contributions of the Nigeria Police to sports in the country were immeasurable as it have produced notable individuals such as Mary Onyali, Sunday Bada who have made Nigeria proud at the local and international competitions and tournaments.
He expressed excitements that the school is sustaining the culture of Inter House Sports competition among its students to help nurture their potential and sustain their interest in sports.
He therefore urged the school management not to relent in that respect.
“I am excited to be here as the number one sports administrator in the state, a board member of the National Institute of Sports, a school proprietor and a sports person from my primary school days.
“Our Ministry will partner the school towards getting talented athletes for the Under-15 National Games Festival later this year and we shall obtain the highlights of this competition for review,” he added.
In his welcome address, the Commandant of the School, CSP Abdul Sulu Gambari said the school is notable as one of the best in academics and extra curricular activities, stressing that her products have made the school proud in all spheres of life.
He said the Inter House Sports Competition was organised to foster healthy relationship, rivalry and unity among students.
He added that “there is no doubt that sports competition has built the students’ character, teaching them to play by the rules and preparing their minds to accept defeat and celebrate their mates in victory.”
Governor’s House emerged overall winner of the competition, while PTA and POWA came second and third respectively.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the event included the General Manager Positive FM, Akure, Mr Tunde Abiodun who was represented by the Head of Production, Mr Sukanmi Taiwo, Sunshine Stars Director of Sports, Mr Tunde Ogunja and a Director in the State Ministry of Sports, Mrs Evelyn Lebi.