The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Oyo State, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela on Friday revealed that Ajumose football competition is meant to discover talents among secondary students to enhance sporting prosperity.
The Commissioner stated this on Friday at the final kick off of the under 13 competition held at main bowl of Lekan Salami Sport Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
According to him, sport and games are powerful instruments for physical, mental, social and spiritual development of individuals and the society noting that it is regrettable that in spite of many laudable and lofty ideas attributed to games and sports, there had been low participation of students from schools in sporting competitions.
He maintained that the annual Ajumose Inter-secondary school sports festival will help to discover young talented players from the grassroots which reminds of “catch them young”adage. He therefore advised the parents to encourage and enroll their wards in sporting activities to bring honours to their families, school and the state at large.
The Commissioner therefore gave the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi kudos for no leaving no stone unturned for making sure that glory of schools’ sports is redeemed through prompt approval and release of fund for school sporting programmes.
Also speaking, the Director of Schools in the Ministry, Mrs. Christiana Olukemi Bolaji noted that the sport festival is an initiative borne out of the passion and love of the present administration to give a complete education to a total child. The first edition according to her was held in 2017 which saw the kajola zone as the overall winner of the event.
The Ibadan City zone and Oyo town zone team qualified for the final kick off where Oyo team emerged the winner in the football competition after penalty shoot out.
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