By Goodluck Ikiebe
In its avowed determination to ensure grassroots Sports development right at the community level across the country, the Federal Government has affirmed that the zonal offices of the Federal Ministry of Sports Development are crucial towards the realization of the objective.
The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, disclosed this during a
visit to the Southwest Zonal Office of the Ministry located in
Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
Senator Owan Enoh stated that Southwest Zonal Office, encompassing Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, and Lagos states, serves as a strategic hub for implementing policies and initiatives aimed at activating grassroots Sports and facilitating holistic development at the regional level.
The Minister noted that zonal offices of the Ministry are vital to efforts in promoting grassroots Sports and development.
“By focusing on regions, we can tailor our interventions to address specific needs and harness the untapped potential in these communities”, he added.
He said that the visit was part of a broader strategy to engage directly with local communities, understand their unique challenges, and collaborate with stakeholders to implement targeted solutions.
Senator Owan Enoh acknowledged the enthusiasm and passion for Sports within the Southwest region and emphasized the Ministry’s commitment to creating opportunities for talent development and Sports participation at the grassroots level.
He reiterated the commitment of the Ministry under his watch of its readiness to partner individuals and corporate organizations in the development drive towards national interest.
During the visit, the Minister also inspected the Obafemi Awolowo National Stadium Ibadan, led by the zonal coordinator, Mr. Okere Emmanuel,
He emphasized the importance of creating an enabling environment for athletes, coaches, and sports enthusiasts to thrive, underscoring the pivotal role sports play in unifying communities and fostering a culture of excellence.