By Ogundele Olanrewaju
The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has entered into a partnership with the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria,(SWAN) Oyo state chapter on sports development in the state.
The partnership will see both parties working together to develop and promote sporting activities in the state, while collaborating with various sport agencies in the state.
The partnership will also help in discovering and nurturing sports talents from the state to stardom.
Both parties have agreed to stage a table tennis championship during the first quarter of 2022 where sports writers in the state will take on staff of the Agency in what is tagged as OYRTMA/Oyo SWAN Table Tennis Challenge
The OYRTMA/Oyo SWAN partnership was midwifed by the Chairman of Oyo state Road Transport Management Authority, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi and the Chairman Oyo SWAN, Comrade Niyi Alebiosu when a delegation of the Sports Writer Association of Nigeria Oyo state chapter paid a courtesy visit to OYRTMA Chairman in his office in Ibadan.
Welcoming Oyo SWAN delegation to his office, Mogaji Fagbemi said that his vision for the agency is to have a football team that will compete in various competitions and later get promotion to top divisions of Nigeria league, saying this will project not only the image of the agency but also the state.
“We need to promote sports to have healthy people in abundance to do the jobs at hand. Only medically sound and mentally fit personnel can perform optimally and satisfactorily at OYRTMA. We are even planning to go into various grassroots sports academies to scout for budding talents”, the OYRTMA Boss revealed..
Fagbemi added, “let me tell you that we have the best table tennis board here for our personnel who play everyday so that they can be fit and remain healthy. So we are ready to play against your team next year by the special grace of God”.
He further explained that the works of Oyo State Road Transport Management is for physically strong and mentally alert persons and it requires enormous strength to perform to the stipulated maximum level.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman, Sports Writer association of Nigeria (SWAN), Comrade Niyi Alebiosu, expressed gratitude to Mogaji Akin Fagbemi for supporting Oyo SWAN and also promoting sports in the state. He urged the OYRTMA Boss not to relent in his laudable activities.
Alebiosu said, “In as much as I want to appreciate you for contributing so much for sports in the state, I will like advise that you keep it up. Because sport, like health, is wealth and it promotes love, friendliness and peace among the people.
“However, I want you to know that in Oyo SWAN, we have the best of ping pong players that could compete against any opponent in any table tennis contest. So we are fully ready for this competition coming up next year.”, Oyo SWAN Chairman said.