Don’t underestimate role of sports in driving economy, Obaseki urges state govts

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki
Gov. Godwin Obaseki

By Joy Odigie


Benin – Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has called on State Governments not to underestimate the role of sports in driving the nation’s economy.

The governor gave the charge while addressing at the Extra-ordinary Meeting of the National Council on Sports (NCS) in Benin on Thursday.

“Edo is noted for its superlative efforts and those records are still being maintained, as shown at the just-concluded 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja last year.

“For any state that desires to be regarded in the community of states and which understands the need to attract talent, human resources and human capacity to drive its economy, you can’t underestimate the role of sports.’’

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The Governor said his administration views sports activities in the state as being important.

He said his was why the state government would soon publish a list of members of its formidable Local Organising Committee (LOC) and sub-committees for the 2020 NSF.

Obaseki commended the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, for the revival of the National Sports Festival, which could not hold for six years.

The governor assured the Minister and participants at the meeting that the state would ensure the return of the usual standards to the festival.

Speaking also, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, commended the Edo government and its people on the successful hosting of the extra-ordinary NCS meeting.

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Dalung said the meeting was to deliberate on efforts to advance sports in Nigeria, especially by focusing on the review of the last edition of the NSF.

He said the meeting was also to chart a new course that would lead to the success of the 20th edition of NSF.(NAN)

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