Sports, if properly harnessed, is a tool for developing the potential of individuals which can translate in the short and long run to discovering and enhancing our national potential as a nation. This was the submission of Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, at the 18th National Sports Festival tagged “Eko 2012”, which he actively took part in. His belief in the relevance of sports as a development tool informed the emphasis he has placed on it in his community development agenda.
To the development-oriented legislator representing Eti-Osa Constituency 02 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, sports is an activity that people and nations have exploited to advance their progress. Because of this, he has not only supported the development of sports in his constituency, sponsoring clubs and competitions, his enthusiasm extends beyond that to exploring Sports as a tool of national development. Hon. Gbolahan Olusegun Yishawu (GOY) has continued to maintain that a career in sports is not less relevant to other professions.
Hon. Yishawu enjoined government at all levels, individuals and corporate bodies to support sports development by sponsoring sport events such as the National sports festival, among others. His desire to use sports as a tool for developing the physical and mental capacities of people for national progress is expressed in his sponsorhip of a youth football club tournament and grassroots sports development in Eti-Osa Constituency 02.
A lot of commendation also went to the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola from Hon. Gbolahan Olusegun Yishawu (GOY) for a successful organisation and hosting of the event which to BRF was “intended to be a championship that will meet all of the objectives of the National Sports Festival not only in terms of bringing Nigerians closer, unifying Nigerians, but also in terms of achieving talent development in sports and bringing harmony through sports”.
The national sports festival will for a long time remain in the memory of many for the success it was able to achieve in enhancing our national unity and fostering grassroots development of sports. The baton, Torch of Unity for the next edition was handed over to Cross River state, the host of the 19th edition in 2014.