Gov. Kayode Fayemi has signed into law, the Ekiti State Sports Development Trust Fund (SDTF) Bill, which seeks to promote sports, attract sponsorship and be an employment generating sector for youths.
According to Mr Ayodeji Samo, the General Manager, Ekiti State Sports Council, the fund would bring more development to the sports sector, when implemented.
“With the fund in place, there would be Public-Private partnership in the sponsorship of sporting activities and make the sector a priority of government in terms of funding.
”SDTF is strategic for the development of sports. Now that white-collar jobs are not in place, there would be need for us to develop the sports sector to help in generating employment for our youths and build their skills to be able to compete locally, nationally and internationally”, Sami quoted Gov. Fayemi, in a statement, as saying.
The general manager applauded the governor for the development, saying it was unprecedented in the history of sports in the state, alongside several other giant strides to develop the sector in the state.
He identified such accomplishments to include: the creation of the ministry of Sports, re-surfacing of the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium and the regular sponsorship of the Ekiti United Football Club, as well as the state’s female team.