Sports Key To Economic Development – Gbenga Daniel

Gbenga-Daniel, SWAN, SportsFormer Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has described sports as a veritable tool for economic development, just as he called on financially-muscled Nigerians to invest in sports.

Mr Daniel made the remarks in Sagamu while playing host to members of the National Executive Committee of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) who were at his residence to pay him a courtesy visit.

He noted that sports can create employment, empowerment and above all, develop the society economically.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians who have the financial muscle, people like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga and host of others to try as much as possible to invest in sports.

“I heard in the news some time ago that Alhaji Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal Football Club. Well, he is a businessman, he must have seen the potential of making profit by acquiring the club but I want him to look inwards and consider having a Dangote Football Club in Nigeria.

“By doing this, there will be employment for some set of people and those depending on them for their daily needs will also benefit indirectly.

Profitable Ventures

“It is also funny when I hear people say that sports does not bring any kind of profit when invested in. I remember when we hosted the Gateway Games in 2006, I think we recorded about 92 million Naira profit after the competition.

“Therefore, it is important to note here that sports as much as I know is one of the most profitable ventures. Aside the economic value attached to sports, it also reduces social vices in the society because whenever any sporting event is taking place, the environment becomes friendly and devoid of any form of criminality,” he said.

In his address, SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, stated that the former governor’s tremendous achievements in the sports sector while in office prompted the council to visit him.

“We are here today (Friday) to let you know that all what you did to develop sports in Ogun State and Nigeria at large when you were serving as governor did not go unnoticed. And that is the reason we are here tell you that you are recognised and highly appreciated for your efforts.”

Sirawoo went on to announce Mr Daniel as the association’s national patron.

He, however, hinted that the formal investiture would be held at a later date and at the convenience of the recipient.

ARG Demands Public Pledge To Polity Restructuring From Buhari

argThe Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has demanded a public commitment to restructuring of Nigeria’s governance structure from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

The demand was made in Abeokuta on Thursday by the Group’s National Chairman, Olawale Oshun, at the public lecture organised by the Ogun State Chapter of the group led by Olusegun Odegbami (MON).

The lecture was delivered by the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

In his brief remark titled “The Change We Demand”, Oshun said there are “clear and strong indications that there is need for change” and Yoruba people are insisting that “the change that must occur must include some assurances that never again should the issue of equity amongst Nigerian nationalities be blatantly sacrificed as Federal Government has done in recent times”.

“The change that we demand include an assurance to restructure the country in such a way that power will devolve to the most efficient federating unit. The Yoruba people have witnessed how over-centralisation of power has been instrumental to the abuses of power and the institution of ingrained corruption that is destroying our country today,” he said, adding that restructuring must be made a national electioneering agenda.

“ARG uses this opportunity to demand these assurances from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) This should not be an assurance given in private anymore; let it be an assurance given in public.

In his lecture titled, “Before Nigeria’s oil runs dry: options for development in the Southwest of Nigeria”, Fayemi argued that if the political activism for restructuring of Nigeria’s polity had been ignored as an ethnic agenda, its economic reality, which can no longer be ignored, makes the case of urgent devolution of power.

According to him, the mantra to diversify the economy in Nigeria would continue to fail without appropriate steps to devolve power and entrench fiscal federalism.

“The need to diversify our economy and the necessity of decentralizing the governance are coterminous imperatives.

“Indeed, one cannot occur without the other. We cannot diversify the economy without decentralizing governance.

“Here are four core areas that embody the immense economic potential of the Southwest waiting to be unlocked through diversification and decentralization. These are agriculture, mineral resources, telephony and internet, as well as Nollywood and domestic tourism development.”

Participants at the event also called for “aggressive education”.

Misappropriation Case Against Gbenga Daniel Adjourned Till July

Further hearing on the alleged financial misappropriation  levelled against the former governor of Ogun state; Gbenga Daniel, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been stalled and adjourned till July. 

The case was stalled, because of another case in the Appeal Court in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, seeking to determine the stay of execution on count 1 to 13 of the 30th count charge against the former governor sought by the defense counsel.

It will be recalled that on the 11th of April, the defense counsel had approached the appellant court in Ibadan to challenge count 1 to 13, saying that it bothered on allegation of illegal conversion of state landed property which had been presided over by the land commission of inquiry, set up by the Ogun state government.

Ruling on the application for an adjournment asked by defense counsel led by Mrs Titilola Okanlawon, the presiding judge, Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje of state high court four  however adjourned sitting till 5th and 11th of July.