Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
Edo State government will soon send two bills, one on Sports Commission and the other on Sports Trust Fund, to the state assembly as part of its holistic sports revitalization programme.
Speaking while receiving the report of the 11-man committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu to revive sports in the state yesterday, Governor Godwin Obaseki assured that the bills, when passed into law, will revitalise sports in the state.
He said, “Government is refreshing its sports outlook. That was why we set up this committee. You have advised us on what to do and have come up with a document that will regulate the sports industry, including how to improve on our current ranking in sports, funding and how to get stakeholders in the industry to join us in revamping the sector.
“We assure you that we will act on the document and it will guide our sports architecture.” He noted that the committee’s job was not over, saying it should come up with implementation strategies for the bill, when passed into law.
Obaseki stressed that it was time to transit from the old ways of managing sports so that it can be self-financing.Earlier, Shaibu said the committee gave a broad view to the issues surrounding sports development in the state before it came up with the sports documents. He assured that the bills when passed into law, would move sports to the next level in the state.