15th December, 2010
Yomi Peters, is a former striker with the once darling team of Lagosians, StationaryÂ Stores Football Club. Peters, who is also a former team manager of the club, wasÂ recently appointed into the board of Lagos State Sports Council, LSSC, by GovernorÂ Babatunde Raji Fashola. HeÂ spoke with WALE JOSEPH about the appointment and otherÂ issues.
Congratulations on your appointment. How did you feel about the assignment giving toÂ you by Governor Fashola?
I am very happy. Though it is long over due, I still have to thank Governor FasholaÂ for remembering me. By the grace of God I will definitively not disappoint himÂ because he has confidence in what I can do.
What will you contribute to make a difference as a member of theÂ board?
The vision of the government is to have a sustainable sports development programmeÂ through grassroots sports. I willÂ contributeÂ ideas and join hands with other boardÂ members to implement policies that willÂ move sports forward in the state.
From your experience as a former sports man, what do you think is needed to reclaimÂ the lost glory of Lagos?
What is needed to be done is what the government of Babatunde Fashola has been doingÂ through the Ministry of Sports by organising development programmes like the MTNÂ Lagos Street Soccer, the monthly Boxing Hall Fame, All Comers AthleticsÂ competitions,Â Junior League and others. And more importantly is the needÂ forÂ infrastructural development.
Do you think the state is in the right direction in its sports developmentÂ Â programmes given the fact that Lagos has dropped drastically on the medals table inÂ the last few National Sports Festivals?
The plans and programmes of the government are in order. Sports development is notÂ measured by winning at the National Sports Festival alone,Â we need to put upÂ programmes to discover and groom athletes. Iâ€™m happy that Lagos is not among statesÂ that are poaching and recycling athletes to win at all costs at the sports festival.
What are the problemsÂ hindering sports development in the country?
Lack of a sustainable sports policy and age cheats syndrome.
What is happening to your former club, Stationary Stores Football Club now?
I canâ€™t say much about the club now, because it has to do with the family of theÂ late founder of the club, Israel Adebajo. HisÂ children should realise that the clubÂ goes beyond their family.
I also want to appeal to Governor Fashola to intervene and help bring the warringÂ factions together.