Hamzat: Support for Indigenous Football Clubs Will bring about more peace and Unity….
Written by tobi adejare on September 25, 2019
REPORT BY KIKELOMO IFEKOYA
The need to encourage inigeneous football clubs to thrive in Nigeria has again been brought to the fore.
This time, it is the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat who lent his voice to the campaign while he recievied the executives of the Western Nigeria Football Forum that were in his Office in Alausa, Ikeja on a courtesy.
Dr. Hamzat said that the different football clubs that were in existence in the different parts of the country in the seventees and eighties served as a force for unity among the people.
He emphasised that the clubs also encouraged so many Nigerian youths especially students to channel their youthful strength towards sporting activities rather than engage in anti-social activities.
Dr. Hamzat stressed that Nigerians found so much pride in the indigeneous football clubs and their players in those days compared to nowadays when most Nigerians prefered foreign football clubs and players to the indegeneous ones.
The Chairman, Western Nigeria Football Forum, Mr. Seyi Akinwunmi who led the executives of the forum on a courtesy visit to the deputy governor’s office said that his forum had decided to come up with a football league for the South-Western States to encourage integration among people in the states.
Mr. Akinwunmi who is also the first Vice President of the Nigerian Footbal Federation noted that the league would also give room for Civil Servants to participate.
According to him, the health of civil servants was important to the development of the oranisations where they work.
He stressed that apart from encouraging healthy interaction among people in the South-Western States, it would also foster the exchange of ideas among the people especially Civil Servant.
In a Contribution, the Executive Secretary, Western Nigeria Football Forum, Mr. Akinsola Akinbola said that the football festival to be organised for Civil Servants in the South-Western states was tagged Heads of Service Football Festival .
He said that the football festival would feature both male and female Civil servants.
The highlight of the visit was the symbolic presentation of the two trophies that would be presented to winners at the football tournament.