Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has unveiled the ‘Football Forever’ statue at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, acknowledging that football remains the most popular sports that keep the nation united even in critical period.
Speaking at the commissioning, the governor represented by the Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, said the love and passion Nigerians have for football is an open secret.
“Football is a game every youth wants to engage in, hence this monument gives them inspiration to pursue and express their soccer artistry and be committed to the beautiful game,” Ambode said.
He continued saying that “the Monument seeks to educate the Nigerian youth and all visitors to Lagos State that our passion for sport is not only captured by iconic infrastructure facilities and competitions but include giving opportunity to expose artistic representation of its value creative minds.
“The monument reveals Lagosians dexterity in the game of football and projects our fitness and readiness for glory as it conveys vital sport education knowledge and the promotion of sports tourism in Lagos State.”
He however, urged residents especially community leaders and associations to take ownership of these iconic structures to preserve them for future generation to see, feel and explore.
In his remarks, the brain behind the statue, Mr Ade Odunfa explained the significance of the sculpture saying “the inspiration behind the monument was to express the significance of football in the country’s unity.”