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Stakeholders Forum Commends Akeredolu over ODSFA Dissolution

The convener of Ondo football stakeholders Forum ,Otunba Dele Ologbese has described the dissolution of the state Football Agency (ODSFA) Interim Committee by the State  Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has right way in right direction towards the fulfilment of extant laws that set the Agency up. 

The immediate past Ondo State Football Association's Vice Chairman said the Governor who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) understands the law  and so he wouldn't be disposed to stampeding law. 

He said  the Governor has done what the  law says ,which stated that  Agency's Board be under direct supervision  of Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.  

According to the President, Ologbese Football Academy, "OndoFootballStakeholdersForum commended  the Governor for restoring order in ODSFA through the  dissolution of the  Interim  Committee towards  paving way for a proper Board in line with the enabling law." 

He said: "Despite some anomaly in the administration of football club, the Interim Committee headed by the state's  Deputy Governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa must be lauded for rescuing Sunshine Stars FC from relegation in 2020/2021 season.

"The Deputy Governor is not a known football technocrat but the committee performed creditably well beyond expectations, the record  he as shown that  he managed the Agency's funds well without the usual method of  borrowing from outside the system"

"The Deputy Governor would have done much more better but he was  pre-occupied with governance which is his primary mandate  anyways." He  has done his  best. History would judge him rightly and other  Management Committee's members  for their contributions towards the development of the sector. 

He urged the new ODSFA Supervisor,  Commissioner for Sports, Dele Ologun to get his heart together and ready to take the sector to greater heights in all ramifications.  

"As a young, energetic and business oriented personality, he has pedigrees to pilot the game of football to appreciable level in the State, he must discharge his responsibilities without fair or favour and must surpass achievements of the Interim Committee. 

"The commissioner need to roll up his sleeve  and devout  his time and energies in  restructuring the Agency for optimal performance and for the attainment of  full professional status. 

The OndoFootballStakeholdersForum urged the Sports Commissioner to improve fortunes of both  Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens by all possible means. 

He must do everything possible in returning  Sunshine Queens to the Premier League at the end of this season. This is a task that must be accomplished for him to be applauded."  

"The Stakeholders Forum  are seriously opposed to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements in running football in Ondo State.

The idea of investors to taking  over Sunshine Stars under  PPP arrangement now or  in the nearest future is a misnomer and wouldn't supported and accepted by stakeholders.  

No Premier League Football Club is  being manage through (PPP) in Nigeria as at today, so Ondo  State Government should device alternative ways of driving the club to its proper destinations," he said. 

Ologbese advised: "That the best way of making Sunshine Stars stands on its feet is through setting up of  Sporting Directorate in ODSFA to be headed by an expert who would  embark on aggressive players marketing towards generating  funds to finance the club without relying totally on government's funding.

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