Assistant General Manager ,Sovereign Trust Insurance, Mr Segun Bankola on Wednesday in Ibadan called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give sports priority it deserve saying “sports remain the only sector which the country’s can solve the problem of unemployment.”
Mr. Bankole who made the declaration yesterday at the award ceremony and lecture organised by the Discovery Sports Federation DSF , in Lakan Salami Stadium ,Adamasingba in Ibadan noted that “Sports remained the only sector which the nation can generate a lot of revenue that will assist in booming the economy of the country.”
Speaking on the topic “Kindling Nigeria Sports Flame” Bankole noted that “Nigeria today is one of the country where thousands of unemployed graduates were rooming streets without jobs ,coupled with thousands of Nigerians that did not acquired higher institutions degrees.
“Lack of employment among these set of people is what is responsible for the increase in crimes rate in the country, particularly in the North East and South-South where boko haram and kidnapping carries out their nefarious acts on daily basis.”
The insurance expert stated that the rate of crimes will reduce drastically if the Federal and State governments can give the sports deserve priority.
Bankole said that governments and stakeholders should also give adequate recognition to the sports heros and heroines adding that that will serve as an encouragement to the younger generation to develop interest in sports.
He emphasised that The Sovereign Trust Insurance had in several years back invested on sports, health and environment as it corporate social responsibility (CSR), so as to contribute it’s quota to the development of the country.
“But I can tell you we have gain tremendously from sports compare to others. Sports had sold our products across the country, because all the athletics that we came across in sports activities always becomes our ambassadors nationwide.”
The insurance expert also called on other corporate organisation and wealthy Nigerians to contribute to the development of sports for the benefits of the country.
Others that were given awards with Mr. Segun Bankole included former Chairperson of Oyo sports council Mrs. Ronke Obanubi Akindele, Eng. Femi Babalola, The Chairman Oyo Boxing Association Faron Akintude, Prince Adeoye Ajibade and the Oyo State comptroller of Immigration .

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