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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

Sports promotes unity, love among youths — Adeleke

Sports promotes unity, love among youths — Adeleke

Ademola Adeleke

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has described sports as an approach to promoting unity, togetherness, and love among youths. 

Governor Adeleke stated this at the kick-off of the Governor Ademola Adeleke Cup in Ijebu-Ijesa, Oriade local government council area on Monday.

Represented by Sunday Bisi, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state, Adeleke also revealed that the football competition aligned with his administration's focus on youth and sports development.

Adeleke lauded Barrister Olajengbesi for his visionary initiative towards youth empowerment and community development.

“The administration of Governor Adeleke has been noted for its focus on youth and sports development, and the tournament aligns perfectly with those priorities.

"I praise your commitment to community development and I hope that the tournament would become a cornerstone of discovering and developing future sports personalities from the state," he said.

Earlier in his remark, the sponsor of the tourney, Barrister Pelumi Olajengbesi revealed that the initiative is aimed at creating an avenue for young people to display their God-giving sports talents.

He added that through the tournament, youths can be inspired to strive for excellence both on and off the field. 

"There is more to be done in making football a major thing in the state. The organisation of the tournament is one of the major steps taken in repositioning football in the state."

The Elegboro of Ijebu-Ijesa, Oba Moses Olufemi Agunsoye, and the Owaloko of Iloko-Ijesa, Oba Akeem Ogungbangbe, in their separate remarks, described the importance of community-driven projects like the Governor Ademola Adeleke Cup in promoting peace and development. 

Both royal fathers, while commending the sponsor, Pelumi Olajengbesi, for uniting the youths of the federal constituency with the football tournament, agreed that sports have a unique ability to bring people together, transcending social and economic barriers.

The football competition has over twenty-two teams jostling for the trophy across wards in the Ijesa North Federal Constituency which is made up of Oriade and Obokun local government council 

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