An appeal has been made to the Lagos State House of Assembly not to use laws and regulations to gag sports investors and creativity in the state.
The Executive Director of Search and Groom Youth for Development Centre, Mr. Yomi Kuku made this appeal at a day public hearing on a law to amend the Lagos State Sports commission law, 2017 and to promote youths and sports development in Lagos and for connected purposes.
Kuku, who condemned Section 20 of the bill which says “All sports agents must be duly registered and licensed by the Commission in the prescribed manner,” lamented that this would affect the people who wanted to bring innovation into sporting activities in the state.
“With this section, it is impossible to organize events that will improve sporting activities because of regulations,” he said.
He also lamented that people were moving out of Lagos because of too many laws and regulations, saying that many sports agents didn’t have money to register after battling with issue of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
Also contributing, Mr. Babatunde Taofeek of People with Disabilities urged the lawmakers to include disabled people in the sports commission board.
“it is unfair to exclude people living with disabilities from the board as section 5 of the bill stated. I want to appeal to the Governor that appointed one of us as a Special Adviser in order to know where the shoe pinches us,” he said.
Others who spoke on the issue wanted the assembly to carry people living with disabilities along on the issue of sports.
Also speaking, the Vice President of Traditional Sports of Nigeria, Mr. Bash Agusto laid more emphasis on the need to include traditional sports in the sporting activities in the state, saying that this would be a tourist attraction to the world.
He urged the state to have a good relationship with ECOWAS, saying that this will help in developing sporting activities in the state.
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Youth, Sports and Social Development, Hon. Owolabi Ajani explained in his address that the proposed bill intended to provide opportunities and crate a ground where young people could realize their potentials.
He said that the bill would also develop the consciousness and needs of youths by ensuring that their expectations were met through sporting activities, promote grassroots sports at the divisional level and organize state competitions that would further help to strengthen sports development in the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun said that the bill was also about how the state could improve and promote grassroots sports.
He further said the bill, when passed into law, will speak to the youths the language they understood via sports.
The Speaker assured that the input of the stakeholders would be included in the bill before it is passed into law.
Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the House, who gave an overview of the bill, also affirmed that the bill would solve the problems associated with youth restiveness.
“This bill will also curb crimes among our youths because with this, we want to make sporting activities available at the grassroots. We will also give our youths a sense of belonging via sports and also use it to combat crime,” he said.