A group of leading Edo businessmen and professionals have indicated their readiness to partner Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC) headed by Godwin Dudu-Orumen, to transform sports in Edo State.
The Edo Development Organisation (EDO) comprising individuals of diverse professional backgrounds, is a non-governmental organisation looking to create value for Edo State through the realisation of sustainable community- spirited initiatives, met recently in Benin City with Dudu-Orumen, the newly appointed chairman of the commission, who unfolded his vision for Edo State sports.
The meeting explored areas of cooperation between ESSC and the commission with EDO promising to throw its weight behind Dudu-Orumen’s efforts to reposition Edo sports to enable it to reclaim its position as the hub of sporting excellence in the country.
The group, which decried the deplorable state of sports in the state, said it was confident that with Dudu-Orumen, a renowned sports administrator noted for both his passion for sports development and unimpeachable integrity, a new dawn had arrived for sports in Edo State.
Mr. Ekhator Osaretin Moses, who spoke on behalf of EDO, said the group was ready to offer all its professional advice and support to ensure that Dudu-Orumen and his team at the commission meet the expectation of Governor Godwin Obaseki who has shown strong commitment to transforming sports in the state by having capable individuals drive the process.
“We have had a fruitful discussion with the Chairman of the Commission and his team. We have let them know that as a group of individuals committed to excellence and development of Edo State in every way possible, we are willing to partner with the commission to bring about significant improvement in Edo State sports. Everyone knows that Edo was once the Premier centre of sports in the country with its sons and daughters winning laurels in major local and international competitions and among the leading athletes in the world.”
Speaking after the meeting, Dudu-Orumen thanked members of EDO for their interest in the commission and their willingness to team up with the ESSC to revolutionise sports in the state. He said he was ready to do all that was necessary to justify the confidence placed in him by Governor Obaseki and by extension, the people of Edo State.