Sports Development: EKSG Commissions First Cricket Training Net


By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, has reaffirmed his commitment to support ventures/ activities targeted at Youth Development and wealth Creation in the state.


The Governor made this known while commissioning the cricket training net at Ilejemeje Community High School, Iye-Ekiti on Wednesday.

The Governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Dr. Mrs Folakemi Olomojobi, expressed delight on the achievements of such great feat in the history of Ekiti State.


Some participants at the event.

The Governor commended the philanthropic gesture of the South-West Zonal Representative, Nigerian Cricket Federation, Mr Tayo Atoloye for contributing his quota towards the development of cricket sport in Ekiti State.

Governor Oyebanji urged the indigenes of Iye-Ekiti and the entire Ekiti citizenry both at home and in the diaspora to emulate the gesture by giving back to the society.

In his remarks, the Director Schools’ Sports, Ministry of Education
Science and Technology, Mr Yinka Agbeleye expressed that the feat was a clear demonstration of collaborative public private partnership, a laudable initiative to compliment the untiring efforts of Ekiti State Government under the leadership of Mr Biodun Oyebanji at providing sporting equipment and other necessary resources for the use of students in the public primary and secondary schools across the state.

In his reaction, the Kabiyesi Oniye of Iye-Ekiti, Oba Adeleye Jonathan applauded Governor Biodun Oyebanji for the great works he is doing towards making Ekiti State a cynosure of all eyes.

Oba Jonathan appreciated the facilitator and financier of the gigantic project, praying God to reward him accordingly.

Oniye solicited government support for more sporting equipment, increase sporting activities, perimeter fencing of the school, befitting school hall, more teaching and non-teaching staffs.

Earlier in his speech, the Principal, Ilejemeje Community High School
Iye-Ekiti, Mr. Olumide Owotuyi appreciated the Biodun Oyebanji led administration for his efforts towards moving the education sector to greater heights.

He applauded the donor of the cricket training net who has deemed it fit to construct such laudable project for the benefit of the school and Ekiti at large.

In his remarks, the school’s games master Mr. Anifaloba Isaac expressed gratitude to the donor of the facility and promised to ensure its judicious use for skills, physical and mental development of the students.

He pointed out that, with the facility, the school can now host schools’cricket competition, urging the state government to provide the school with training equipment to replace the improvised ones currently in use by the school to enhance better performance of the trainees.

Highlight of the programme was presentation of awards to two distinguished students of the school, Miss Olayinka Ekundayo and Master Oladosu
Nifemi that have won different laurels for the school and Ekiti State in cricket competition.

The occasion was graced by personalities from different parts of the country which included Prince Fola Fakunle, member Ekiti State Cricket Association, Mr. Abiola Cardoso, South-West Regional Development, Manager Nigerian Cricket Federation among others.

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