In order to reposition the sports sector in the State, two bills on Ogun State Sports Commission Law, 2019 and Ogun State Sports Trust Fund Law, 2019, aimed at accelerating development of sporting activities, infrastructure and equipment through partnership with the private sector, have scaled second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly.
The bills titled: “HB No 025/OG/2019- A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Ogun State Sports Commission and for Connected Purposes” and “HB. No. 26/OG/2019- A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Ogun State Sports Trust Fund and for Connected Purposes”, got unanimous approval of lawmakers at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Hon. Sola Adams, who opened debate on the Sports Commission Law, 2019, moved the motion for the second reading, as seconded by Hon. Haruna Abiodun and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
According to Hon. Adams, the bill was meant to revamp the sector dominated by the youth to create a functional commission that would be responsible for effective management of sports and allied matters, with a view to ensuring effective management of facilities and athletes.
Corroborating Adam’s view, other lawmakers including; Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Bolanle Ajayi, Musefiu Lamidi, Atinuke Bello, Abayomi Fasuwa and Kemi Oduwole, said the implementation of the bill would enhance youth development through scouting for more sport talents, while giving opportunity to seasoned administrators in the private sectors to contribute their quota to the development of sports at the grassroot.
Also contributing to the debate on the State’s Sports Trust Fund Law, 2019, members including Adams, Bolanle Ajayi, Musefiu Lamidi, Tunde Oladunjoye, Sylvester Abiodun, Damilola Soneye and Yusuf Sherif, posited that, as a State prominent for having great potentials in sports, there was need to pool resources together and partner the private sector to further arouse the interest of youths in sporting events, thereby curbing social vices.
Calling for the appointment of people with proven integrity in the administration of the funds, the lawmakers said the bill would spell out modalities for establishing a trust fund geared towards attracting philanthropists and corporate organisations to contribute funds to put in place State of the art facilities and modern equipment in Stadia across the State.
Also, Honourables Abayomi Fasunwa, Oludaisi Elemide, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Atinuke Bello and Yusuff Abiodun, stressed the need to allow for diversification of sports ranging from Sports marketing and investment, which needed to be considered in the implementation of the bill, towards creating global best practices in sport administration in the State.
While applauding his colleague-lawmakers for their meaningful contributions to the bills, Speaker, Rt. Hon. Oluomo, underscored the need to engage more youth in sporting activities, thereafter charged the bills to the Committee on Youth, Sports and Employment Generation.