Ogun State House of Assembly has tasked the State Ministry of Youth and Sports to further encourage youth at the grassroots by scouting for sport talents beyond the cosmopolitan areas of the State.
Members of the State House of Assembly including Honourables Julianah Akintayo and Rasaq Oduntan gave the charge when the State Ministry of Youth and Sports defended its 2019 budget proposal, before members of the Finance and Appropriation Committee, led by Victor Fasanya at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The lawmakers noted that communities at the grassroots level paraded untapped sporting talents, who could win more medals if given opportunity to attend local and international competitions, charging the Ministry to partner more corporate organisations and philanthropists in the State to reinvent the State league.
Defending the 2019 budget proposal of the Ministry, the Director of Public Private Partnership, Mr. Isqeel Aboaba disclosed that, a total budget of N1.235Bn would be expended by the Ministry, out of which N1Bn was earmarked for various capital projects and the remaining N235m would go for recurrent expenditure, with N2m set as revenue target for the period.
Aboaba explained that the Ministry would put in place structures and templates, in preparation for the National Sports Festival next year, while developing more initiatives to revive grassroots sports through fund mobilization and the creation of legacy projects for annual implementation.
Other agencies that defended their budget estimates before the State lawmakers included; the State Sports Council, Gateway International Stadia, Ilaro and Sagamu, as well as, Dipo Dina and MKO Abiola stadia in Ijebu-Ode and Abeokuta respectively.