Ahead of the 19th National Sports Festival in Calabar, Cross River State, the Lagos State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development, MYSSD, says they are not losing sleep over the continued poaching of athletes from Lagos by other states.
Lagos State Commissioner for sports, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, in a chat with sports journalist, explained that his Ministry would not stop any athletes from competing for another states since the basis for their mass defection is based on money, stressing that the state government has been able to offer job opportunities to its athletes.
“Athletes always go where there is money.Since i came on board as the Commissioner for sports, Lagos State, we have corrected that.”Some of them are now placed on allowances, they are in school and under the employment of the Lagos State Government”.So we have created a lot of opportunities in Lagos.We have greatest coaches to train our athletes”.
‘Am not bothered about poaching,Lagos State develop its athletes for Nigeria.3,685 athletes were offered job opportunities.”The gesture is to tell other states that Lagos State gives its athletes a future more than any other state”.
Oshodi, confirmed that Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, had employed three thousand, six hundred and eighty- five athletes into the mainstream of the state civil service, adding that the state has brighten the future of its athletes through the gesture.
On the just concluded Premier Lotto Lagos Athletics Championship, Oshodi, who commended the management of of Premier Lotto for supporting his Ministry concept on grassroot developement programme, said the secondary schools athletes meet had paved the way for the discovery of talents of which the best discovered athletes would participate in the six weeks training programme under the tutelage of Lee Evans and Tony Osheku.