TORCH OF UNITY ADDRESS DELIVERED BY COL FOLUSO SUNDAY, SAKA (RTD) 2018-02-04 14:32:16
An address delivered by COL FOLUSO SUNDAY, SAKA (RTD) ON THE PRESENTATION OF TOUCH OF UNITY IN PREPARATION TOWARD ONDO STATE MARATHON,HOLDING IN APRIL,2018.
It is my greatest pleasure to be here today for the presentation of this historic event that is the touch of unity. Let me use this opportunity to thank and congratulate His royal highness as the role of the royal father is very enormous in the development of sport in any nation of the world. Sports all over the world play a major role in the education of the young ones as a powerful instrument for harnessing youth potentialities, investment in the youth of our state. It is also known fact that sports is a tool of employment generation, wealth creation, and social integration fostering of state, National unity and inculcating national discipline in the youth. In specific terms, the moving round of this sports marathon touch of unity round the state within our traditional rulers will strength the peace and unity among our sports men and women in the state and among our communities and the traditional rulers.
The staging of the marathon event and championship will help to reduce youth restless, as they are helped to channel their energy into positive uses, and assist the state to discover young and talented athletes.
Kabiyesi, we have been following your keen interest and assistance in the development of sports in your community, the state particular and the nation in general. We therefore wish you long life in good health on your throne.
Our royal father ''kabiyesi'' sports is capital intensive therefore government alone cannot sponsor it, this is why our organization partner with the state government to make both the athletics championship and the 2018 ondo state marathon race happen.
In view of the above aforementioned we call on our royal ruler to assist in helping us in this regard to contribute for the successful hosting of the two events.
It exite me to say that ondo state is recognized for grassroots sports development and select such talents for state and national sports engagement. In the field of athletics the state has produced great athletes such as Lawernce Adegbehingbe the sprint star, Mrs Akinyemi Akinkuowo Isiaq adeyanju, Seun Ogunkoya in recent time Omolara Ogunmakin, Etin Margaret to mention a few.
It is hope that with this type of competitions more talents will be produced.
Our royal father, community leaders, ladies and gently men I have to thank the state government for allowing the partnership with CYCLOX Technology Nig ltd organization that put this plan to have a 2018 marathon race in Ondo state, also my appreciation and thanks goes to the company /organization for their initiative to assist government in sports development in the state.
Finally, I also thank the kabiyesi our royal father with his chief and all the community leaders present. Our thanks goes to all the pressmen that are here.
Thank you all and God bless.