Sports Can Energise Youths For Higher Responsibility — Gov. Makinde

(Last Updated On: 2023-09-30)


Oyo State Governor  Seyi Makinde says there is the need to activate the youths through sports for the higher responsibility of nation-building.

Makinde said this on Friday during the finals of the maiden edition of the Basic Education Schools Sports (BESS), at the Olubadan Stadium in Ibadan.

The governor, who was represented at the event by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Abdulwaheed Adelabu, described youths as a mobile segment of the country’s population.

“Nigerian youths are the building blocks that must be nurtured through sports to acquire the requisite resilience to endure the pressure and strain of a competitive world.

“My administration is committed to the development of sports and has resolved to boost youths participation in grassroots sports,” he said,

Gov. Makinde noted that the competition’s goal was to develop the pupils’ skills and fish out new talents among them at the grassroots.

“This will enable them to represent the state at national and international competitions.”

He then lauded the efforts of the competition’s organisers in working towards actualising the vision of his administration.

The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr Jacob Dairo, said the competition had public primary schools in the 33 local government areas of Oyo state participating.

Dairo pointed out the positive roles sports play in advancing national unity and ensuring that basic education pupils are dissuaded from partaking in anti-social activities.

“The present administration in the state has done a lot to massively encourage grassroots sports through SUBEB and via remarkable achievements in sports activities,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition’s final football match involved St. Brigids Primary School at Mokola in Ibadan and Anglican Primary School of Igbomara in Iseyin.

It ended goalless after 90 minutes, with Anglican Primary School defeating St. Brigids School 5-3 after a penalty shootout.


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