Stakeholders hail Ambode on proposed Sports Commission

Lagos State-based sports journalists at the weekend hailed the idea of setting up a sports commission as recently declared by the governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The sports journalists’ spokesman, Fred Edoreh, described the move as “a wise decision for Ambode to reconsider bringing back the sports commission system to clearly focus on the development, promotion and optimization of sports in the state.

“Through the years, at both states and at the federal levels, we have observed the conflicts attendant in running sports through the combined platforms of ministry and council and we know that the operation of this system has not been smooth and as effective.”

While noting that Lagos did very well in sports development under the past administration of Babatunde Fashola, Edoreh pointed out that the governor seemed then to have set up different structures and conveyed different mandates at different times to enable him realise his vision, adding, “but there is no gainsaying in the fact that Nigeria did better in sports when we operated the sports commission system and there has been several national conversations that recommend a return to the good days.”

Edoreh however cautioned on the need to make haste slowly and to ensure that there is rigorous engagement with relevant stakeholders in sports to make certain that the foundation of the sports commission to be set up is solid and enduring to sustain sports development in the state.

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