28th September, 2010
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Lagos State Governor has given approval for theÂ organisation of traditional sports championship in Somolu and Amuwo Odofin LocalÂ Government Areas.
The Governorâ€™s directive is coming after the successful hosting of the traditional gamesÂ inÂ Yaba and Mainland Local Government areas earlier this month.
The Office of the Special Assistant on Grassroots Sports Development to the GovernorÂ headed by Prince Wale Oladunjoye has therefore informed Lad Sports Club in Somolu, AmuwoÂ Odofin Festival Foundation covering the Amuwo Odofin Local Government and Oriade LocalÂ Council Development Area to begin preparation for the championship.
The revived traditional games received a boost when Mainland and Yaba local governmentsÂ jointly staged an interesting Ayo Olopon, Cards, Draughts and Rams charging games at St.Â Agnes Primary School, Sabo, Yaba early September this year
The competition moved to the Upper Campos Square, the citadel of social and politicalÂ activities in Lagos Island on 11 September and took many people by surprise as mostÂ Lagosians were unaware of the resuscitation of the traditional sports in the state.
Governor Fasholaâ€™s commitment to the revival of Traditional Games as a means of keepingÂ people, both young and old busy with participation in recreational activities in theirÂ localities, made him to further approve the staging of the events in all the 20 LocalÂ Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.