The Edo State House of Assembly on Tuesday in Benin City showed firm commitment to the development of sports with the passing of the bill regulating the Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC) into the stage of reading.
Governor Godwin Obaseki had in September 2018 through an Executive Order, scrapped the Ministry of Sports creating in its place, the ESSC. The Governor hinged his decision on the need to professionalize sports administration in Edo State.
As a measure of his commitment to the project, Governor Obaseki appointed as chairman of the ESSC, Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen, one of Nigeria’s most diligent and experienced sports administrators.
The present House of Assembly led by Hon. Okiye has since its inauguration worked assiduously to partner with the executive branch of government to drive the development of sports in the state. It is thus no surprise that within a few months of its inauguration, the house has set as one of its key priorities, the passing of the ESSC bill into law.
A clearly excited Dudu-Orumen said the bill scaling second reading was a welcome development noting that it would fast track the development of sports in the state particularly as the ESSC on behalf of the government and people of Edo State is working assiduously towards hosting the Sports Festival in 2020.