LAGOS – The Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) said on Wednesday that the outbreak of the Ebola Virus would not weaken its resolve to develop sports in the area.
Its Chairman, Mr Adesola Adedayo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the council would continue to educate the community to keep members informed on ways to manage the disease.
“I think we don’t need to be excessively scared of the Ebola Virus Disease. What we need is vigilance and education.
“Once we are educated about it and we can get people who are having early signs of the disease, then there is nothing to fear about it.
“Most of the time if you don’t have a cut, even shaking hands cannot transmit it, and I believe that, no matter how bad the epidemic may be, people will still be able to talk to each other.
“We should not be scared; we should only know how to prevent it and how to identify cases. [eap_ad_1] “Once we are able to pick cases, and we are able to isolate people that have the virus, there is no reason it should affect contact sports.“
The chairman said the council would continue to support sports development in the area as young people constituted a large proportion of the population.
“A very large proportion of our population is made up of youths, and definitely many of them are interested in sports.
“This administration has done everything possible in terms of advocacy, mobilisation and provision of the facilities that they need for sports development as individuals and as a group.
“That is why this administration collaborated with the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development at the state level to facilitate the development of a youth centre, a football centre at Badia, Orile-Iganmu.
“It has helped tremendously. We also participate fully in school sports. In the Lagos Junior League, we are not doing badly for our size and population.
“We have been in the first division and we have been performing excellently. Again during the Ibile Games, we were in the first 12 out of the 57 local governments.
“These are evidences that we are very interested in sports development.“
The council came seventh with 33 points at the Ibile Games held in Lagos in May. (NAN)