The Government of the State of Osun will not commission any uncompleted or half done project. This was stated by the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Mr. Stephen Kola-Balogun, while receiving the executive of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in his office.
According to him, the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola believes in building structures that are standard and can stand the test of time before commissioning them as the administration cannot compromise standard for commissioning.
The Commissioner said that most of the capital projects embarked upon by the present administration had to be done from the scratch in order to ensure their durability as opposed to what the government inherited from the previous administration. In his words, he noted that none of the six stadia proposed by past the administration had indoors sport hall.
Thus, the present government had to re-draw its plans and start the reconstruction of the Osogbo stadium afresh. Mr. Kola-Balogun praised the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola for creating a Ministry of Sports for the first time in the history of the state and for making sure that sporting activities are developed across the length and breadth of the state. The Commissioner therefore charged SWAN to always appraise the activities of government in the sporting sector with a view to drawing government’s attention to its strength and any likely weakness. He thanked the executive of SWAN for their interest in the Walk-to-live exercise of the government and enjoined them to participate in the exercise as a way of promoting sporting activities.
In his address, the President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) State of Osun Branch, Mr. Yemi Aboderin, praised the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola for his interest in sports development. He particularly eulogized Governor Aregbesola on the introduction of Walk-to-Live exercise, the construction works going on at the Osogbo stadium as well as sponsoring athletes from the state to various sporting activities within and outside the country.
He therefore pledged the association’s support for the government and promised to give adequate media attention to her activities on sports.