A major milestone was recorded in the history of sports in Lagos State, yesterday, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law, two bills bordering on sports in the State.
The bills, Lagos State Sports Commission Establishment Bill and Lagos State Sports Trust Fund were sponsored by Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu and are now officially recognized laws of Lagos State after Ambode signed them into law.
Speaking at the signing ceremony which held at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja, Ambode said the laws will effectively harnessing the potentials in the sports sector.
Giving insight on the laws, the Governor said “the Sport Commission Law will give legal backing to the formulation and implementation of sport policies in the State while the Sport Trust Fund will enable government to raise money for the development of sporting facilities and activities.”
He continued saying, “this fund will provide a platform where the State Government can enter into partnership with the private sector to finance sports infrastructure, tournaments and programmes which will in turn create employment and generate revenue for the State.”
He added that as provided for in the law, a Board of Trustees comprising all stakeholders in the sports community would soon be inaugurated for the Trust Fund, saying that with the law, government was restating its commitment to scale up sports development and make the State the hub of sports in Nigeria.
In his remarks, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the signing of the bills into law by the Governor was a clear testimony of the commitment of the State Government to sports development.
Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, said, “we are happy that Lagos State is taking a very bold step at ensuring that sporting activities get a boost from the government and this is a clear demonstration to the people of Lagos State and Nigeria that the State Government is paying adequate attention to sporting activities.”