19th July, 2011
As part of his contribution to the development of sports in Lagos State, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, is planning to sponsor a grassroots table tennis championship in his constituency.
Akinderu-Fatai, who is representing Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency 1, told P.M.Sports that the competition, which will be tagged MAF Table Tennis Championship will hold as soon as the ongoing 4th MAF Unity Soccer Championship ended.
â€œI have been supporting football in the last four years and I believe giving other sports like table tennis a lift in my constituency will be of good service to youths who are talented in the sport.
For this reason, Iâ€™m going to sponsor a table tennis championship after this yearâ€™s MAF Cup is concluded next month. The MAF Table Tennis Championship is a big project which is very dear to me and I will ensure it becomes reality.â€
Akinderu-Fatai, however, called on the National Sports Commission, NSC, to give attention to other sports other than football which is enjoying tremendous support both from the authorities.
He opined that the country stands to gain a lot if adequate attention is given to other sports.
â€œThough it is very easy to support football because it is a game that ignites passion from many people in the country, but the authorities can do our sports good by focusing on other sports as well,â€ he said.
On the 4th MAF Unity Cup, which is ongoing at the Jalisco Stadium, Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria, Akideru-Fatai said that his belief in empowering the youths motivated the sponsorship of the grassroots football tourney four years ago.
â€œI see this as a privilege to give back to this society that made me. I believe the best service we can give our youths is empowerment, as this will discourage them from engaging in social vices, he said.