Lagos lawmaker, Mr Adedamola Kasunmu, has queued behind the state’s effort in engaging 50 per cent of youths in governance and sports as the ARK Football Competition kicked off.
Kasunmu, representing Ikeja Constituency II at the Lagos State Assembly made the pledge at the RVTC Mini Stadium, Isheri, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, the competition’s venue.
The ARK Football Competition is sponsored by Kasunmu who is the Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Youths and Social Development, Lagos State House of Assembly.
The 32-club competition is for the football academies in the state tagged #Go for Gold# is for U-21.
Kasunmu said the House Assembly would effectively collaborate with the executive arm of the government to make sure that its mandate of reducing unemployment was achieved.
“The Assembly will continue to make sure that we continue to pass laws and initiate bills for the betterment of the economic diversification of the state.
“In general, we will be promoting and contributing effectively to the sports sector which remains a veritable platform for engaging the youth positively.
“I want to believe that promoting sports will reduce unemployment drastically, this is the reason the state has embarked on two executive bills; `Lagos State Sports Trust Fund’ and `Lagos State Sports Commission’.
“The government aims at 50 per cent youth inclusiveness is achievable because we have already achieved the 30 per cent which I am a beneficiary,’’ he said.
Kasunmu said that given the state’s passionate drive to the 50 per cent youth inclusiveness in governance and sports, chances were rife that it would soon be achieved.
“With all the machinery set in motion by the state government through the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund, we will be able to reduce unemployment even at the grassroots.
“We can incorporate the youth into the state’s mission projects for the creation of employment. Sport is a massive sector which has not been adequately tapped into before but now, we are getting there.
“The legislative arm of the government will continue to collaborate with the executive to achieve its mandate that is the reason for organising a tournament of this nature.
“The tournament is for the betterment of the youth and economic diversification of the state in general through sports and this is the beginning of the good things to come,’’ he said.