Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu has stated the resolve of the state government to use sports to boost the state’s economy.
Addressing newsmen in Benin, the state capital on Thursday after he watched the Insurance FC of Benin players at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, he said that the current administration was interested in tackling the problems around sports, especially football and develop it into a serious business.
The deputy governor said that this would bring back the lost glory of the state in sports.
Shaibu bemoaned the fact that the once darling club of the region had remained in the lower division of Nigerian league for several years.
He said this accounted for why the government was doing everything humanly possible to ensure the club secured promotion to the elite division at the end of the ongoing league season.
He added that the club had the right players that would help it to gain promotion, noting that not winning away matches was the club’s greatest challenge.
According to him, we have good players but we need more concentration for us to be able to win our away matches.
“As for me, if we can win some of our away matches, I am sure that we will be able to secure promotion. As a government, we have given the team all that is needed for them to gain promotion and we will continue to do so.
“We are also working to see that Insurance does well in FA Cup this year to enable us play in continental competitions next season.
“We are doing all this because we know that sport, especially football is capable of contributing a great deal to the economy of a state,’’ he said.
On his reason for always joining the club’s training season, Shaibu said it was to boost the morale of the players and the coaching crew.