In furtherance of one of the cardinal visions of the Babatunde Sanwoolu-led Lagos State for sport development in the State, board members of Lagos State Sports Commission has visited Ikorodu Division to audit the sports facilities on ground.
The Board’s first point of call was the Ita Elewa Youth Center, recently upgraded into a multipurpose sport Centre by Hon Babajimi Benson. The team commended the House of Reps for facilitating the projects for the development of youths and sports on the State. They also gave some advise on certain improvements to be made to further maximize the facility.
The team later proceeded to the Igbogbo Mini Stadium ground, where the team inspected the massive sport ground, while promising to upgrade it into a full-fledged sporting arena.
The team terminated its visit at the site of the proposed Ijede Stadium, at in Ijede- LCDA. The team also pledged it’s commitment of the Sanwoolu administration to the rehabilitation of the stadium project, which has been abandoned for sometime.
In a chat with Ikorodu Oga Radio, the member, representing Ikorodu Division on the board, Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abiodun disclosed that the Igbogbo Stadium ad been approved and will be delivered within the next two years.
‘Our visit to Ikorodu Division today is to do an audit and checklist of sport facilities across Ikorodu Division today. There is a dearth of sporting facilities in Ikorodu and we are here to observe and take note of the areas where sport facilities are required with a view to making recommendations to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu’
He’s added that, ‘Sports represents one of the major cardinal objectives of the THEME agenda of the current administration in the State. This is explains the reason why this administration is committed to the provisions of sports facilities across all the Divisions of the State, as a way of productively engaging our youths, identifying new talents and promoting sports development’.
‘For instance, the Igbogbo stadium has been approved for construction, and it is going to have state-of-the-art sporting facilities like football pitch, beach soccer, volleyball and athletic pitch as well as other recreational facilities’.
Abatan concluded by advising local government chairmen in the State to work towards institutionalising sports development in the State, with a view to engage the youths productively and reduce the menace of youth restiveness and cult clashes being experienced in the State.
The team Lagos State Sport Commission board visiting team comprises of Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan (Ikorodu Division), Lanre Saheed (Badagry Division) and Shina Ogundimu (Lagos Island Division).
They also include, Bose Kaffo (lkeja Division), Lanre Olowu (Epe Division), Mrs Olufunke Olu-Young
(Representative of Ministry of Education) and Biola Lawal (Chairman Sport Association).
Other board members on the visiting team were, Damilare Orimoloye (Youth Representative), Bolaji Pearce (Board secretary) and Kayode Mobee (Director sport facility).