The use of football fields in schools across Ogun State has literally been banned from hosting football activities, including training.
According to the chairman of Ogun State Football Association, Ganiyu Majekodunmi who also sits on the executive committee of the NFF, the state’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has stopped all grassroot sporting activities in schools.
He informed the Sports Village Square that for two weeks, clubs and academies have not been able to train in the state that has just one club in the country’s top football league, Remo Stars of Ikenne which has to procure its own facilities.
Majekodunmi remarked that he wrote the Zonal Education Office in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government to appeal that sporting activities be allowed to hold unhindered in school football grounds.
He said he also followed up with a visit that was very revealing. “I was shocked when the Education Officer showed me a circular that the ministry has mandated them to bill those doing parties and sporting activities the some of N40,000 per event and it should be only on weekends.
“I tried to explain to them so that they will understand what a grassroots football is”, point out that sports development in the state will be stalled especially as the National Sports Festival to be held in Delta State later this year is fast approaching.
Majekodunmi pointed out that in Ijoko area, for instance, there is only one field belonging to NUD School where six clubs of 25 players each had been training. Commercial interest appears to have overshadow sporting developments and empowering of youths who will hitherto be on-engaged thus constituting dangers to the larger community.