Oyetola who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji said this at Osogbo City Stadium during an official opening of table Tennis hall built by philanthropists Ayodeji Alabi and wife, Temitayo Alabi to immortalise their parents Micheal and Felicia.
He said that the government would continue to welcome partnership of any kind that will transform the state as this gesture is capable of delivering a global sports collaboration now and in the future.
He said the hall would serve as avenue to produce more champions, and will raise standard of sports as well nurture careers of many youths.
” I would like to pay glowing tribute to the memory of Micheal and Felicia for living enviable lives and for their genuine interest in the develop of sport, especially Table tennis there can be no better way to immortalise this distinguished couple and citizen of otan- ayegbaju in Osun than to organise a festival to raised table tennis champion and build a hall for prospective champions to hone and develop their skills” he noted
He said that the Ultral modern edifice is a welcome addition to the galaxy of facilities that the present administration is assembling to raise the standard of sports in Nigeria “from the precinct of this hall champions shall be raised, and caterers shall be nurtured and each time these happen, dream of the amazing couple shall be be realised and Osun shall be glorified”.
He also urged lovers of other sports to contribute theirs to the development so that together we can develop sports in the state
He said the three-prong strategic approach to sports development are to discovery of talents and nurturing of talents, development of sporting infrastructure across the state and reward for outstanding achievement and welfare of athletes and their coaches remains unshakable.
He also appeal to relevant institution to put good maintenance mechanism in place to take good care of the the facilities so that the dream of donor Ayodeji Alabi and wife can be fully realised.
Speaking, the State chairman, Table Tennis Association, Ayodeji Alabi, who is also a donor of Ultral modern Table Tennis Hall at osogbo city stadium said, the initiative was an idea he convinced and has been nurtured since he was in school.
” Table Tennis is my dream game I played it at every stage and the game had given opportunity to scholarship abroad’ he said
He expressed conviction that the youth especially, students would benefit from the initiative and help them build their careers.
He said development academy will present yet another angle in becoming significant in the lives of many young men and women who aspire to achieve greatness in the game of table tennis.
He added that many other facilities will still be provided around the hall to make students find it comfortable when participating in one game and other after school hours, such as restaurant, suya spot Asun and shawama place and the open space will be transformed into full recreation area that will include big sports viewing area, sport shop and ATM bank machine to make the place hub of sporting activities.
He also commended the efforts of the committe of Osun state Table Tennis Association including the technical team for the well deserved edifice proudly deliver to time and handed over to the government for commisoining.
Also, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Olabomi called on other philanthropists to partner and support the State government in sports development and other sectors.
Alhaja Temitayo Alabi wife of the donor said “my husband is a philanthropist who loves to give back to community and he has done a lot of philanthropic assignments home and abroad but this project is one of his passion and I believe with the support of relevant authority the plan he has will be fulfilled and many youth will be benefited from it”
The vice president, Dr. Adesoji Tayo said that this gesture by Alabi family is first of it kind in any state in Nigeria and this will challenge a lot of sport lovers, especially Table tennis lovers in other state and he said alot of champions will be emerged in the world of table tennis in the state soon.
Sports administrators and stakeholders at the event commended the Table Tennis Association for making the construction of the Hall a reality.