The Federal Government has expressed its desire to take sports in Nigeria to the next level through grassroots development.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who disclosed this at a youth football sports tournament put together by Justice For Nigeria, a non governmental organization to support the initiative of the present administration especially on youth empowerment through sports said sports can contribute over three percent to the Gross Domestic Product GDP, of the country.
Prof. Osinbajo, represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Monitoring and Evaluation, office of the vice President, Mr Tunde Osibamowo said the federal government would invest more in sporting activities in the country.
Osinbajo, while commending the initiator’s efforts towards taking sports to the next level, noted that the present administration would take advantage of the sector to boost employment generation in line with its policy.
Mr. Shola Orelaja, the initiator of Buhari-Osinbajo youth football tournament, emphasied on the need to keep the youths engaged and busy, especially as the country heightens preparation for elections.
The FIFA licenced agent and a retired professional footballer who once played in the English Premier League, Stationary Stores football club of Lagos, and ASEC Memosa of Cote d’Ivoire among others as well as working with some top European coaches said the time to move the Nigerian football to a greater level is now by harnessing the young talents.
Mr. Orelaja is also the agent that discovered Dele Alampasu among other talents in Nigeria.
Teams from sixteen out of the twenty local government areas of Ogun state took part in the one day competition.