By OSENI YUSUF, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Thursday launched the 2020 Governor’s Cup in Ibadan, the state capital.
This was made known by the Special Assistant to the governor on Students Affairs, Hon. Victor Olojeda at the 9th Bi-ennial Inter-house Sports Competition of Amao Group of Schools Akingbile area held on February 21 at the University of Ibadan, new stadium, beside Awolowo Hall.
Speaking at the event, Hon Olojeda said, the government of the day is working towards encouraging youth in discovering thier talents and to become an avenue to growing the state socio-economically to the best destination they aspire for.
“The development of students is not just on academic pursuit but also putting in modalities towards all round development with extensive use of sporting ,” he said.
Similarly, the Special Assistant to the governor on Youth and Sports, Hon Kazeem Bolarinwa admonished parents to continue to see to the greatness of their wards towards securing a better future for their children and also called on youth to be visionary and be focused in whatever they do in life.
Hon. Bolarinwa who was lately awarded as one of the 100 Most Promising Youth in Nigeria by the Ooni of Ife, was at the inter-house sports awarded Great Mentorship To The Youth Award, presented by the principal, Alh. Abiola Ogungbade on behalf of the school proprietor, Eng. A.A Amao Ogungbade.
Also speaking at the event, the state chairman Athletics Association, Dr. Isaac Ogada said, coming to witness the inter-house sports of the school gave him an opportunity to encourage and scout for talents that will represent not only schools, Oyo State, but Nigeria at large.
” It is my social responsibility to be around and my school, Brightville College was invited to test level of fitness and preparedness for the National Sports Festival coming up in Edo State next month. Great names like Falilat Ogunkoya were discovered through school sports,” he said.
Dr. Ogada admonished government to build more sporting facilities in the state to encourage growth and development of talents.
In his appreciation message, the proprietor and the chairman of the Amao Group of Schools, Engineer Ogungbade commended the efforts of everyone present at the event to mark the 9th inter-house sports of the school for a job well done.
Present at the event were, officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Oyo State Sports Council, Local inspector of Education, Akinyele LGA, among other invited guests and schools.
The event witnessed different sporting activities with invited schools taking part in invitational relay.
The event climaxed by announcing the winners, where Blue House emerged overall winners, finishing tops.
Green House were second, Yellow House settled for third position, while Pink trailed behind at the fourh position.
It ended with the presentation of awards and medals to outstanding participants.