Towards discovering budding talents that would represent Ogun State at various national competitions, the Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sports has inaugurated the Gateway Tertiary Institutions Games (GATIG) committee.
The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr Oluwadare Kehinde while declaring open the inaugural meeting of the State GATIG 2021 Committee said part of the five-point agenda of the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration is youth engagement, which necessitated the revival of the competition.
Kehinde who noted the need to curb social vices and create activities for the youth, especially at this time in the country when insecurity is on the increase, saying this necessitated the revival of the competition.
“The need to create activities for the Youths necessitated the revival of the games and also to complement the State government’s efforts in youth engagement, which will in turn assist the State in discovering talents for future festivals”, Kehinde said.
In his welcome address, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun appreciated the Directors of Sports of Tertiary Institutions in the State for the large turnout at inauguration, saying the competition would boost the image of the government in the minds of the youth of the State.
In his remarks, the Chairman Technical Committee on Sports, Prince Tunji Onatolu enjoined the Directors of Sports to see the competition as a means of showcasing talents that abound in their institutions, saying tertiary institutions had always been a breeding ground for athletes.
Responding, Director of Sports, Crawford University, Igbesa, Mr. Taiwo Oyeneye said the reintroduction of the game is a welcome development as it would be a good avenue to channel the energy of youths to good use and sustain it.
The Committee is made up of Members of the Technical Committee on Sports Revival and Directors of Sports of all Tertiary Institutions in the State.