AS politicians inten-sify lobbying for different
political appointment in the Godwin Obaseki
government in Edo State, sports stakeholders
have called on the governor to put round pegs in
a round holes by ensuring that a core
professional is appointed as sports
commissioner.

Our source who pleaded anonymity, blamed the
immediate past administration for conducting the
final burial of sports development in the state
while reiterating their commitment to the all round
development of sports in the state if given the
material, morale and financial support.

“We are very happy that we have a governor who
has indicated interest to reposition Edo State in all
its ramifications. You will agree with me that
sports is a strong unifying force in Nigeria. No
matter your religion, culture and political
affiliation, the moment there is sporting activities
or a competition everybody becomes one. But
here in Edo, that unifying force has been
completely annihilated by the past administration
of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Look, you do not need a prophet to tell you that
sports in this state has become moribund. It is
very important for us to voice out our feelings so
that this present government will not
make the same mistakes that its predecessor
made in the area of sports development.

For Edo State to regain her past glory in sports in
Nigeria, our governor must do the needful. A man
who knows what sports administration is all
about must and should be appointed as head of
the sports ministry in the state.

Without prejudice, some of the past
commissioners, especially the immediate past
one, was a monumental failure, a disaster and in
fact we have never had it so bad. This is why we
are begging our governor to appoint someone
with a sound resume to manage the Ministry so
that Edo State will assume her rightful position in
the Nigerian sports calendar.

“On my own part, I want to appeal to the governor
to look into our condition of service. 80% percent
of us have not been promoted for the past 16
years. We need an improved working condition.
We voted for Godwin Obaseki because we
believed in him and the party’s Change Mantra
should reflect in every aspect of the state”, our
source said.


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