By Daniel Edu
Approximately 300 youths from communities within the Odiolowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area are set to participate in the second edition of the annual sports fiesta, marking the culmination of the LCDA’s end-of-year activities.
The Chairman of the LCDA, Rasak Ajala, revealed details during a news conference that outlined the upcoming events for their 2023 year-end activities. Additionally, a stakeholders’ interactive session was held to discuss the preparation of the LCDA’s budget for 2024 at the council secretariat in Ilupeju.
Ajala emphasized that the second edition of the sports fiesta is part of the administration’s commitment to addressing youth restiveness in the LCDA. The event will include various sports such as football, basketball, table tennis, and other indoor and outdoor activities. Registration for the competitions will close soon.
Ajala stated, “It is globally acceptable that sports have the power to change the world, inspire, unite people, speak to the youth in a language they understand, and create hope where there was once despair. This belief spurs us to do more in sports and youth development.”
He further pledged that construction work on well-equipped football pitches in the LCDA will commence soon. The 2024 budget, according to Ajala, will positively impact the lives of indigenes and residents in alignment with the THEMES PLUS agenda of Lagos State, serving as a catalyst for economic recovery and prosperity.
In addition to the sports fiesta, the LCDA has planned various programs for their 2023 end-of-year activities. These include providing food items to the vulnerable, a trade assistance program to support petty traders, awarding bursaries to indigent tertiary students, and organizing a quiz and debate competition for public schools in Odiolowo/Ojuwoye LCDA. Additionally, a skill acquisition program is among the initiatives aimed at fostering youth development and empowerment.