In the fulfillment of his electioneering promises, the Biodun Oyebanji
led government has reiterated it’s commitment to sports development by
exploring sporting activities in secondary schools as an avenue to
discover future stars.
This was made known by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education,
Science and Technology, Dr. Mrs Folakemi Olomojobi at the State finals
of the 23rd nestle Milo basketball competition in Ado Ekiti.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director of Schools
in the ministry, Mr Yinka Agbeleye expressed delight that the
competition which started three weeks ago has enabled government to
discover some talented students in secondary schools that would
represent Ekiti State in the Western conference edition coming up on
30th May this year in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The PS appreciated the state government for its interest in the
schools sports, noting that the approval and financial assistance
enjoyed from the government has helped in no small measure in
discovering the talents exhibited by the students during the 3-week
Dr Folakemi Olomojobi who also echoed on the need for students to take
their studies seriously, said that talents in sports would only go far
with the support of education which they should see as primary
assignment and main reason they are in school.
Also speaking, the Head Coach of the state basketball team, Mr Adetayo
Awojurin expressed his gratitude to God and the management of Ekiti
State Ministry of Education for the support enjoyed by according them
the enabling environment to participate in the competition.
He reiterated that Ekiti state teams performed well in the 22nd
edition last year and believed that the state teams would surpass
their last year performance with adequate preparation from the
coaching crew and the players.
The most valuable player in the female category, Miss Inalegwu Olekwu
Miracle from Ado Grammar School expressed her gratitude to the
organizers of the competition and the state government for deeming it
fit to build their intellectual mind and harness their talents towards
the direction of what appealed to them.
She said the government at the national and state levels should
encourage more talents in the areas of sports development in order for
them to measure up with their counterparts globally.
The Coach of Ado Grammar School team, Mr Ademilegun Kayode and his
counterpart from Christ school, Mrs Ibrahim Motunrayo expressed their
delight over the victory recorded by their teams and opined that the
two teams that would represent Ekiti state would bring pride to the
State during the national competition.
The female category ended with 27 to 24 points in favor of Ado Grammar
School while Christ School triumphed over Ado Grammar School to win in
the male category.