Newly appointed Chairman of Ekiti State Sports Council, Dr Isaac Ayodele has disclosed plans and mandate as he begins his reign as the custodian of sports in the Land of Honour.
Speaking with newsmen in his office over the weekend, the intelligent and enterprising administrator said that one of the mandate given to him by Governor Kayode Fayemi as Chairman of Ekiti State Sports Council is rebranding and has hit the ground running with the plan by engaging relevant bodies and organizations to achieve the target.
“I don’t believe in playing small games, I play big one. Leaders don’t play small games, they play the big one. And if your dream isn’t as high or higher than yourself it means there is no dream” said Ayodele.
“The Governor has done the right thing by having the mindset to make Ekiti State Sports Council a world-class. One of the major step taken already is re-grassing of Ekiti Stadium and working on other facilities within the stadium so that we can become a world-class. So we are committed to rebranding because we must be internally clean before we can be externally clean.
“We will also be exploring means of generating funds through Public-Private Partnership, PPP to avoid going cap in hands to ask from the lean resources of the Government.
“We hope to attract both national and international partners who can come over to us and share in our dream and become part of our dream.”
“Ayodele further hinted that the commission hope to bring sports development to the state through local and International partnership.
“Many Various individuals and corporate organizations are interested in us because we have made them realize the potentials on ground. Hopefully by the time the processes get to advanced stage we will see a lot of sports investments and tourism within the state from within and outside the country.”
The former chairman of Ekiti State Football Association who is also a director in the League Management Company (organizer of Nigeria Professional Football League) is also banking on his wealth of experience and his courted relationship with leadership of sports commission across the country to have a number of sporting activities zoned to Ekiti State.
“It is believed that once sporting activities are safe to return in the country, Ekiti State Sports council will hit the ground running immediately, and we will get busy with various sporting activities,” he said.