22nd September, 2010
Tennis received tremendous boost in Epetedo Area of Lagos Island, Nigeria as GovernorÂ Babatunde Raji Fashola donated sports equipment worth N300, 000 to Deen Star Table TennisÂ Club.
The presentation of 4 standard tables, 8 nets, 20 bats and 400 tennis balls were madeÂ amid pomp and funfare at Akanimodo Compound, off Freeman St. at Epetedo, Lagos State.
The proprietor of the Deen Star, Tajudeen Onitona, while receiving the kits from PrinceÂ â€˜Wale Oladunjoye, the Senior Special Assistant, SSA to Governor Fashola on GrassrootsÂ Sports Development, said this was a dream come true for him.
HeÂ praised the sports loving governor for his keen interest to develop sports at theÂ grassroots andÂ promised to put the kits and equipment to best use.
The partially blind Onitona recalls the bitter experiences he had in life, narrating thatÂ sometimes he had to patch his clothes to save some money to purchase tables, balls andÂ nets for the use of the club and the children under him.
â€œIâ€™m grateful to Governor Fashola for giving us these kits. The children will forever beÂ grateful to him,â€ he said.
He, however, called on Fashola to help the club secure a befitting hall, where the youngÂ players would actualise their potential.
In his remark, Prince Oladunjoye said that the gesture is one of the governorâ€™s effortsÂ to see that grassroots sports get enough attention in the state.
â€œWhat we are doing is to encourage active participation of clubs in our bid to developÂ sports from the grassroots. Weâ€™ll continue to assist these clubs in order to give them aÂ sense of belonging in the development of sports in Lagos State .
“My advice to the children is not only to excel in their chosen sporting careers, butÂ they must do well in their academic pursuits,â€ said Oladunjoye.