By Abiodun Ali
Sport philanthropist and businessman, Hon. Kunle Soname has said sports, if properly harnessed, would curb social vices among youths in the State and Nigeria at large.
Soname stated this during a visit of Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Oluwadare Kehinde and members of Technical Committee on Resuscitation and Repositioning of Sports, to seek for his support towards the forthcoming National Sport Festival tagged; ‘Edo2020’ at his residence in Ikenne.
He explained that sport can be a major tool in assisting government to engage youths, as a way of preventing them from involving in any untoward behavior that could impact negatively on the society.
The philanthropist who promised to look into areas that he could invest in sports, admonished them to look into other sporting activities apart from football, as it is cheaper and more rewarding.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Oluwadare Kehinde said the Committee was set up to stimulate the Sports sector and also engage youths, appreciating Hon. Soname for his gesture over the years, saying the State is blessed to have him.
Members of the entourage include; the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Olayiwola Abiodun, Acting Director of Sports, Ogun State Sport Council, Mrs. Iyabo Rotimi, Association Chairman and Nigeria Football Federation board member, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi, Gateway United Football Club General Manager, Mr. Niyi Soleye among others.