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The commissioner of sports for Ogun State, Hon. Wasiu Isiaka, has denounced acts of vandalism and other criminal activity in and around the state’s four main stadiums.

The MKO International Stadium, Sagamu International Stadium, Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, and The International Stadium, Ilaro are the four stadiums in question.

Isiaka lamented that if these nefarious activities were not curbed, they would reduce community involvement in sport participation, increase insecurity and hamper sports development.

The commissioner, according to a statement on Saturday, disclosed this during the Yewa Traditional Council Meeting, held at Ilaro, headquarters of Yewa South Local Government.

Isiaka who condemned the high rate of vandalism at the Gateway International Stadium, Ilaro noted that the facility that should serve as a hub for sporting events, cultural activities and community gatherings, had been desecrated by criminal activities of few individuals.

These activities of the vandals, the commissioner said, was undoubtedly projecting the senatorial district in bad light

Isiaka said “The impact of these criminal activities goes beyond the physical damage to the stadium. It infringes on the aspirations and dreams of our youth, who are deprived of a safe and suitable environment to engage in sports and recreational activities.

“It also hampers our efforts to attract investment, promote tourism, and foster unity and pride within our state and country at large.”

Speaking on the National Youth Sports Festival, being hosted by the state, Hon. Isiaka explained the cultural and economic gains derivable, saying it would be of immense benefits to the younger generation and move the sports sector to the next level.

He revealed that plans were underway to provide sports facilities, so as to lay a solid foundation for grassroots sports development, calling on corporate organisations and individuals to partner government in securing facilities in the area.

While welcoming the commissioner and his team to the meeting, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, on behalf of the traditional rulers in Yewaland, appreciated the State Government for its support, pledging his commitment to fostering unity and stability in his domain.

The paramount ruler advised that vandalism in the stadium could be curbed through construction of hostel and chalets within the stadium, as well as the provision of a base for security agencies, just as the resuscitation of the Oba’s Cup and other local sporting events would help reduce criminal activities in the stadium.

“We will witness a reduction in these criminal activities when we make the stadium a base for our local security agents like Amotekun, NSCDC, and the Police,” he declared. Buildings for the NYSC are also permitted there.

Credit: Punch

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