The Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Youths and Sports, Aremo Adegboyega Adelabu, has identified sports as one of the viable tools in the fight against to security challenges bedeviling the country, AMILOADED reports.
Adelabu, who stressed the importance of youths among the Nigerian population, called for the speedy promotion of sports to keep the young ones engaged.
He said majority of youths in Nigeria are into banditry, kidnapping and other terrorism activities as a result of their idleness.
Adelabu made this known on Thursday while playing host to Osun male and female basketball team who were just crowned 2021 champions of the Ilupeju under 16 classic championship tournament held in Lagos.
Addressing the Ilupeju under 16 classic champions, the SA Youths and Sports said that the Oyetola adminstration is posed to supporting the basketball team of the state including other sporting teams. This he said would ensure that the sector enhances youth development for talents not to die prematurely.
He further congratulated the team for making the state proud by outshining other basketball teams in their latest outing, saying they have demonstrated that with determination and hard work, set goals can be achieved.
The governor’s aide enjoined the team to continue in the spirit of champions and always make the state proud at all tournaments, stressing that the Ministry of Youth and Sports would continue to support them in all ramifications.
Adelabu assured the team that the ministry will be partnering private sectors to ensure that different competitions are organised for their development as basketball players in the state.
“We will be partnering with old students’ association of different schools in Osun in order to organize competitions like tennis, basketball, football among other sports ” the SA said.
He, therefore, sought their support for Governor Oyetola at all times in order for the state to continue to achieve success in the sport sector.
On his part, the Head coach of the Osun basketball team, Mr Taiwo Ajibola popularly known as Eleniyan, appreciated the SA for creating time to host the team in his office.
The highly-elated Eleniyan maintained that since he has been coaching the state basketball team, Adelabu’s predecessors have not given the team opportunity of an audience with them, saying his love to them will continue to be appreciated.