In an effort to foster sports development and nurture talented athletes who can represent the state and the country at international competitions, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has announced plans to construct a new stadium. The governor made this announcement during his speech at the commemoration of the 2024 Olympic Day Run held at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure.

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Governor Aiyedatiwa, represented by his deputy, Mr Olayide Adelam, emphasized the need to ease the pressure placed on the old stadium by commencing work on the new stadium. He assured the audience that the state government is fully committed to supporting the objectives of the Olympic celebration, which includes promoting national unity and grassroots sports development.

The governor revealed that efforts are underway to award the contract for the construction of the new stadium in Araromi, Akure. This move aims to enhance sports development in the state while relieving the strain on the facilities at the Ondo State Sports Complex. Furthermore, the contract for the upgrading of the Akure township stadium has already been awarded to a reputable contractor, ensuring that the facilities meet international standards for the sports-loving people of Ondo State.

Governor Aiyedatiwa also mentioned that plans are in motion to award contracts for the construction of mini-stadia in Ondo, Ikare, and Ile Oluji. These endeavors reflect the administration’s commitment to meeting the aspirations of the people and prioritizing sports in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Mr Saka Ogunleye, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, highlighted the importance of sports as a veritable instrument for promoting global peace. He expressed the government’s dedication to prioritizing sports and engaging youths through meaningful sporting activities. Ogunleye also emphasized the ongoing upgrades of sports facilities across the state, with the goal of enabling Ondo State athletes to compete with their counterparts from other regions and represent Nigeria in international competitions.

Mr Sylvester Ikuejamoye, the representative of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, echoed the sentiment that sports not only strengthen the mind and body but also contribute to healthy living. The extension of the Olympic Day Run to Ondo State serves as a testament to the power of sports in promoting global peace and unity.

Governor Aiyedatiwa’s commitment to providing a befitting stadium and prioritizing sports reflects the importance his administration places on the well-being of athletes and the youth of Ondo State. By investing in sports facilities and engaging people in sporting activities, the government aims to harness the numerous benefits of sports for both physical and mental well-being.

As Ondo State embarks on the construction of a new stadium, the future looks promising for the development of sports and the nurturing of talented athletes who can bring glory to the state and the nation on the international stage.