…To Restore Edo’s Sporting Glory
APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that his government after his victory in the Edo governorship election and subsequent inauguration will invest in ICT skills training and capacity up-skilling of all government staff to the International Computer Driving License standard (ICDLS).
The ICDLS is an internationally recognised qualification that enables personnel in all sectors of an economy to certify their computer skills to an internationally recognised standards.
Speaking about Manpower Development and training aspect of his manifesto, the Simple Agenda relative to In-service training Youth and Sports development, he said , "Our government would actively encourage private sector businesses and industries to likewise invest in up-skilling their staff ICT skills and capacity", to enable them maximize accrued advantages in this digital age.
"Our government will encourage applied industrial development and cutting edge technology research. We will encourage industries to build partnerships with our tertiary institutions".
On youth and sports development, the APC candidate pledged that for Edo State must regain her premier position in sports in the country, "Special funding will be allocated to improve facilities, hire coaches and motivate sports men and women to attain national and international excellence in sports".
In addition he said, "The Simple Agenda will treat youth, sports, recreation and cultural activities as a business model for job and wealth creation" and, "Young people will be encouraged to create businesses in youth development, sports, recreation, and cultural activities".
To activate this process will however be in, "collaboration with donor agencies, NGOs, corporate bodies, and financial institutions, government…to create platforms where young people can access financial assistance for such businesses across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state".
As part of the restoration of the state’s lost glory in sporting activities, Pastor Ize-Iyamu declared that his, "Government will re-introduce school sports in all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state, as this will enable us identify young talents for national competitions".
On the Insurance Football Club and other sports clubs and associations he said they, "will be given special consideration and government will partner with reputable stakeholders to sponsor and promote these clubs".
To boost Sports tourism. Pastor Ize-Iyamu said, "in partnership with the private sector, we will re-introduce the Ogbe Hard-Court Tennis Championship as an annual event", while reputable sports marketing companies shall be encouraged to establish sports academies in the state to engaging many Edo youths.
The APC candidate’s plan to reclaim Edo State’s leading role in sports will see to the renovation and re-equipping of boxing gymnasiums located in the State and the resuscitation refurbishing and expansion of the Afuze Games Village.
Meanwhile, it is Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s vision as Governor of Edo state after winning the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial elections to, "promote mainstream equality in sports including encouraging gender parity and disabled equality in participation across a range of sports". #