Steve Orurua, former Special Adviser (SA) to the immediate past Governor of Enugu state. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on information, has advised the present government led by Dr Peter Mbah, to make policy that will attract private sectors into sports in the state.
Oruruo made this call in Enugu on Friday after watching a football championship between a football team from his constituency, Akpugo Footbsll Club and Coal City United at the Rangers FC training pitch Liberty Estate, Enugu.
He said it is only the state government agenda that will attract private sectors to play a role in sports development in the state.
“If we want private sectors to play a role in sports, the government must set a standard that will attract them because governent alone cannot take care of all sports.
“Once sports is ranked top in the priority of the government, it is clear that private sectors will come in with the vision to cushion the effect of whatever they have generated,”he said.
Oruruo said that it will be beneficial to the state government in the fight against crime .
“To achieve a functional society, the government will have to start developing the kids with sports and education because the later goes along with sports.
“A government that has the vision to accommodate the youths should not ignore this two things because it takes them away from crime,”he said.
He added that sports development in Enugu should not be only football but have to go across other sports segment.
” When we talk about sports, we are not talking about football only because sports is comprehensive and it involves other sports associations.
“In other to govern sports, other associations like, Basketball, Volleyball, Boxing, Wrestling and other. All this association must function strong enough for sport development to work”, he said .
Author; Maureen Ikpeama