By Olusegun Folarin 

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Ogun State Chapter has implored the state government to harness the potentials in sports to achieve sustainable peace, especially in the area of insecurity occasioned by cult clashes.

SWAN Chairman, Comrade Micheal-Azeez Ogunsiji made the call in a statement signed by his Secretary, Olusegun Folarin to commemorate the 2024 International Day of Sports for Peace Development.

Comrade Ogunsiji who described sports as an important weapon to promote the economic well-being of individuals said there was s a need for the present administration to invest more in sports for the overall development of the state.

He appealed to the government to organize sporting activities among the tertiary institutions as well as secondary schools across the 20 local government areas of the state to bring about development and promote peaceful coexistence in the state.

The SWAN Chairman also encouraged the government to key into the activities of the association such as the SWAN Security Cup, the SWAN Media Cup which he said were designed to sustain the existing relationships among various bodies in the state.

He frowned at the slow pace of preparation for the 2024 National Sports Festival hoping that the state would not eventually lose the hosting right to Oyo state if it becomes evident that she is not ready to host.

He charged the sports ministry in the state to embark on a talent hunt programme among primary and secondary schools in the state to discover abundant talents spread across the length and breadth of the state.

Comrade Ogunsiji equally called on Governor Dapo Abiodun’s administration to invest heavily in the sports sector of the state and put in place a thorough sports development roadmap that would position the state as a hub for talent discovery.

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