By Gbenga Bright
Sports events is one the finest activities that compliments education via healthy competition acrossthe globe. It has also enable the fast discovery of skills and talents among the youths particularly the students, this is one of the focus and target of the “Catch Them Young” Sport Initiative by Sen Dino Melaye.
In the last fee weeks, activities of sports and athletic competition have received high boost from Sen Dino Melaye’s Grassroots Sport Initiative with the donation of all- round sports equipment across the three (3) Federal Constituencies that makes up Kogi West Senatorial District.
According to S A Media to Senator Dino Melaye, Mr. Gideon Ayodele who doubles as the coordinator of the Senator Dino Melaye’s Grassroots Sports Initiative confirmed that the target of the initiative is to “catch them young” at the grassroots.
He said that the initiative will not stop at the provision of sports equipment but follow up to ensure that hidden talents are discovered and supported so that some of them can take a career in sport.
“Before the end of this year, we shall be having the maiden edition of the Senator Dino Melaye Inter Schools sports festival across Kogi west senatorial District” he said.
Sport can be described as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
“team sports such as soccer and Handball.
In other words sport is “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess”. … Oxford Dictionary defines sport as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or a team competes against another or others for entertainment”.
Kogi West Senatorial District is endowed with brilliant students and youths across, this informed the age long Sen Dino Melaye’s Grassroots Sports Initiative which is dated back 2003 with the birth of IMOLEDE FOOT BALL COMPETITION, an annual sporting event which has continue to received major boost and talent discovery in Kogi West.
Within the last few months, it has been discovered that sporting event in most secondary schools are completely dead due to in ability of authorities to acquire some of this needed equipments. According to the elated school principals, we have able talented young boys and girls who have shown willingness to engage in sporting activities and even want to make career out of it, but the irony of it is that the required tool are not within our reach. With this lofty donation to our schools by distinguished Senator Dino Melaye, we shall ensure the maximum utilization of those tools to the benefit of our student and schools.
The elated principals thanked Sen Dino Melaye for investing in the lives of the this young talents, they prayed God to grant him more success ahead and promised to maintain them.
They noted that Sen Dino Melaye’s Grassroots Sports Initiative was a reinvention of sports athletics in Kogi West. Their talents and competence to the world as it served as platform to discover sporting talents in their various schools. For sure, it will undoubtedly enhance the physical and mental fitness in all sphere of life.
At the opening remark, Coordinator of the initiative, Mr Gideon Ayodele noted and assured the schools that more equipments will be made available in due course, the idea is to ensure we engage our youths meaningfully.
We have observed That sport development will no doubt compliment other educational activities of the schools. The negative drift within our society calls for holistic engagement of students/youths, he noted.
One of the highlights of the reach out was the enthusiasm and joy among the benefiting schools. The students on their part offered prayers and goodwill messages to Sen Dino Melaye for his consistency and fair distribution of this sport equipments.
The inspiring zeall, fervor displayed by the student revealed a special revelations.
At end of distribution, 26 Schools got complete set of football kits, which includes, Jersey, Soccer boots, Socks, Chin guards and Ancle braze, and a total number of 99 schools also got items like Javelin, Discus, Handball and Football.
Benefiting schools are:
- Ajigba Grammar School, Olle-Bunu- Set of football kits
- Community High School, Oke-Ofin- 1 Javeliy & 1 Discus
- Community secondary School, Odo-Ape- 1 Javelin & 1 Handball
- Community secondary School, Illah-Bunu- 1 Javelin &1Handball
- Government secondary School, Iluke- 1 Javelin & 1 Handball
- Kabba Community High School, Kakun- Set of football kits
- Local government Sec. Sch. Otu-Egunbe- 1 Javelin & 1 Football
- Local government Sec Sch. Ayede-Bunu- 1 Javelin &1 Discus
- Okebukun High School, Okebukun- 1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- St. Augustine College, Kabba- Set of football kits
- Government Sci. Sec. Sch. Oke-dayo- 1 Discus & 1 Javelin
- St. Monica’s College, kabba- 1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- Kiri Science School, Akutupa- Set of football kits
- St. Barnabas Sec Sch Kabba-
- Amadiya Sec Sch. Aiyegunle Gbede- 1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- Baptist High School, Ekinrin-adde- Set of football kits
- Baptist Sec Comm College, Iyah-Gbede- 1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- Community Comprehensive College, Ekinrin-adde- 1 Javelin & 1 Football
- Community Comprehensive College, Ayeh-Gbede- 1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- Community High School Iyara- 1 Football &1 Discus
- Community High School Ayetoro Gbede- Set of football kits
- Community High School Iyamoye- 1 Javelin &1 Football
- Community High School Ikoyi- 1 Football & 1 Discus
- Community Secondary School Ogidi- Set of football kits
- Community secondary School Ayere- 1 Football & 1 Handball
- Government Day Sec Sch Ogale-Aduge- 1 Football & 1 Discus
- Government Day Sec Sch Ogidi- 1 Javelin & 1 Football
- Government Secondary School Ayetoro Gbede- 1 Football & 1 Discus
- Iffe secondary commercial school, Iffe- 1 Javelin & 1 Football
- Iyara Muslim College, Iyara-1 Football & 1 Handball
- Muslim Community Sec Sch, Ayetoro Gbede- 1 Football & 1 Discus
- Midag college of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Aiyegunle Gbede- 1 Football &1 Handball
- Okoro-Gbede High School, Okoro-Gbede- 1 Football & 1 Handball
- Ijumu Anglican Science Secondary School, Iyara- Set of football kits
- Government science Secondary School, Iyamoye- Set of football kits
- Government Special science college, Egbeda-Ega-1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- Ijumu local government Secondary School, Aiyegunle Gbede- Set of football kits
- Gss kkf football kit
- CSS okofi javelin and football
- CSS Girinya javelin and discus
- UBE Orehi javelin and football
- CSS Gegu Beki football kit
- CSS Gegu Egba javelin and hand ball
- CSS Ahoko javelin and discus
- CSS Omoko javelin and football
- CSS Aseni football kit
- CSS Chikara javelin and discus
- Army Day secondary School-Javelin & Football
- Bishop Delisle college, lokoja-Set of football kits
- Crowther Memorial college, lokoja-javelin & Football
- Govt Day Sec Sch, Adankola-Set of football kits
52 Govt Girls Sec Sch Sarkin-noma- Javelin & Football
- Govt Sec Sch Agbaja-avelin & Football
- Govt Sci Sec Sch Abugi-avelin & Football
- Govt Sci Sec Sch, lokoja-avelin & Football
- Muslim College, lokoja-set of Football Kits
- Baptist high school, Mopa: 1 javelin and Discus.
- Community secondary school, ilai: 1 handball/1football.
- Community secondary school, Amuro: football kit.
- Cruise Memorial School, Mopa, 1 handball/1football.
- ECWA Secondary school, Mopa: Football kit.
- Government Day Secondary School, Taket-ide: 1 javelin and 1Discus.
- Community Secondary School, Oke-Agi: 1Handball/1football.
- Government Special Science School, Mopa: 1Javelin and 1 Discus.
- Government Science Secondary School, Aiyede-Amuro: Football kit.
- Government Technical College, Mopa: 1 Handball/ 1football.
- Africa Church Secondary School, Isanlu: 1football /1handball.
- Alu Community High School, Alu: Football kit.
- Asetu Memorial Commercial Secondary school, Oranre: 1football /1Javelin.
- Community High School, Takete-Isao: 1football /1Handball.
71 Community high school, Ponyan: Football kit.
- Community high school, Ejuku: 1football /1Handball.
- high school, Ijowa: 1football /1Javelin.
- Community secondary school, Igbo-Ero: 1footbal/1Handball.
- Community secondary school, Isanlu: 1football/1Handball.
- Igbagun Secondary school, Igbagun: 1football/1Javelin.
- Ilafin victory college, Ilafin: 1Javelin/1Discus.
- JNI/Comprehensive high school, Ife-Olukotun: Football kit.
79 Local government secondary school, Alalodu-Ejuku: 1Javelin/1Discus.
- Oluyori Muslim comprehensive high school, Isanlu: football kit.
- St. Kizito college, Isanlu: 1Javelin/1Discus.
- Wesley high school, Ife-Olukotun: 1footbal/1Javelin.
- Oke-Oyi science Secondary school, Ponyan: 1Javelin/1Discus.
- Government science Secondary school, Isanlu: 1Javelin/1Discus
- Community Grammar School, Oke-Ere: 1football /1Handball
- Community Secondary school, Odo-Ara: 1football/1Handball .
- Community Secondary school, Okoloke: 1football/1Handball.
- Comprehensive high school, Odo-Eri: 1football/1Handball.
- Local government secondary school, Ejiba: 1 Javelin & 1 Discus
- Egbe Comprehensive college, Egbe: 1football /1Javelin.
- Government day Secondary school, Oke-Eri: set of football kits.
- Government secondary school, Egbe: 1football/1Javelin .
- Obagidan secondary school, Ogbe: 1football/1Handball.
- Ogah/Ogbom grammar school, Odo-Eri: 1football/1Handball.
- Okoto Community grammar school, Odo-Eri: 1football/handball.
- Okutadudu high school, Odo-Ere: 1football/1Handball.
- St. Peters college, Egbe: 1Javelin/1Discus.
- United secondary school, Odo-Ere: Football kit.
99 Titcombe Science college, Egbe: Football kit.
While making all round presentation on behalf of Sen Dino Melaye, Mr. Gideon Ayodele said “we are happy to be at the forefront of sports development to promote an active lifestyle and encouraging sports participation especially among school children in kogi state with attention in Kogi West district”
“This is in line with our purpose and agenda, which is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a better and healthier future through sports participation”
“We are also motivated by the positive impact of the sports initiative, which we have started and hoping that if our children can take advantage of this, might end up taking a career in sport and making a living through sports”.
“We are committed to continue to invest in preparing youth to be future fit. We believe that by doing this, we make progress towards our ambition to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in our communities,” he added.
The distribution was done according to specifications by team members led by Mr Gideon Ayodele (Coordinator), Comr. Ezekiel Kaura, Hon. Bala (Lokokoja/Kogi Fed Constituency), Comr Rotimi Adedayo(Tella), Mr Paul Apara, Comr Ahmed Yackson, Mr Monday Olusaiye, Mr Tope Olorushola for (Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Fed Constituency) and Hon. Bayo Aro for (Yagba Fed Constituency)