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Recently, Delta State marked it’s 29th year as a state. Commending the State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as past Governors for the state’s achievements particularly in sports,A renowned Sports Psychologist, Professor Oluwaseun O Omotayo now a Visiting Scholar, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana also noted the great work that has been done by the State Sports Commissioners (past and present), Chairmen and Director Generals of the Delta State Sports Commission who all deserve high Commendations particularly since the days of Chief Solomon Ogba at the helms of affairs of Delta State Sports.
In a message sent to our correspondent via WhatsApp, Omotayo said: “Delta State’s Foundation of being the Sports Capital of Nigeria was laid at inception of Delta State by the pioneer Director of Sports, Chief Seigha Porbeni, a past Nigerian talented Track&Field Athlete who was prolific in Hurdles and Triple Jump.
” He was Chief Coach for Track and Field Coaching at the Premier University of Ibadan when the University produced an Athlete that won six (06) gold medals at an Athletics meet, a first time achievement in the history of Track and Field and the NUGA.
“Delta State is clearly the best State in Sports. Since scrapping the Sports Council and establishing the Sports Commission and managing same professionally, the State dominates the National Sports Festival, National Youth Games and contributes world class Athletes to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.”He added that the Federal Government should learn from Delta State and return the National Sports Commission(NSC). “Indeed, all States of the Federation that are yet to establish Sports Commissions should go the Delta State way for the engendering of uniform Sports management template, and sustainable growth and development of the Nigeria sports industry.
‘As an Ogun State indigene, I particularly use this medium to appeal to Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to build and improve on the laudable achievements of former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel in Strategic Sports infrastructure Development and Athletes Welfare.
The current Government is enjoined tomove Ogun State Sports to the next level by signing the Ogun State Sports Commission and Ogun State Sports Development Fund bills into Law without further delay so as to put in place secured funding for Sports and stem the current migration of Ogun Athletes to States with established Sports Commissions and better Athletes Welfare packages,” he concluded.