Poor Incentive, Coaches Development tops Discuss as Sport Stakeholders in Osun Meet
By Alex Uangbaoje
Sport stakeholders in Osun State, on Thursday met to strategize on how to move the state forward in sports development.
Top on the list of issues that arose during the meeting were the need for coaches development and need to improve incentives for both sport officials and athletes.
The meeting which was organized by the Senor special Assistant to the Governor on Sport Development, Vincent Akinbami, had sport technocrats, coaches, retired sport administrators and coaches, athletes and government officials in attendance.
The former General manager of Osun sport council, Apostle Peter Adedeji, in his remarks talked about the importance of coaches in sport development, which according to him, without them, every other effort will amount to waste, hence the need to equip them with requisite knowledge.
He said the state need not less than four coaches in every sport in each zones and that zones should be identified with some peculiar sport.
The stakeholders called for an improvement in the incentives for sports men and women in state and also emphasized the need for better pay for employees working for sports development in the state.
They lament that lack of sports equipments and facilities and emptiness in stores at the sport council which they said is serious setback to sports development.
The need for equipping the medical department was also raised as there was said to be no budget for drugs, no pharmacist, no neurologist, etc.
Apostle Peter, also said that all the sport associations need at least a bus for easy transportation, a tartan track at the Oshogbo township stadium and an indoor sport hall.
The need for opening of more office accommodation, employment of staff at the stadium as security and Gardner’s was also raised.
The participants called for other sport to have their own budget, according to them, it shouldn’t be football only. Call was also made for more stadia across the state.
The need for more investment in sport was emphasised as it is political, social and economic weapon in the hand of Government.
A former weight lifting coach and administrator chief Okoro and Mr Oludare Jacobs, called for a sport policy that would stand as blue print for sport in the state and that scheme of service for the sport council should be put in place as the sport council is a peculiar agency different from others.
Chief Okoro added that in sport, promotion is not based on education but on performance.
The special Adviser to the governor on sport Alhaji Adelabu Adegboyega called for unity among the people in the sports sector.
The organizer appreciated everyone’s contribution but also called for the support of private individuals and companies to support the growth of sport.
He said the reason behind the STAKEHOLDERS Meeting was to hear from the horses mouth so as to know where the shoe pitches.
He promised that all the issues raised and way forward identified will be pushed to the governor of the state Governor Isiaka Oyetola who is eager to make a change in the sport sector in a memo through the SA and commissioner for sport.
He appreciated Living trust mortgage bank for supporting the event.