By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
A Bill for a law to establish Anambra Sports Development Commission and to provide for related matters has passed second reading in the Anambra State House of Assembly, during plenary on Tuesday 28th August, 2018.
The Bill seeks to see to the development of sports in Anambra state and to see to the discovery and development of talents, as well as create an enabling environment for sports in the state.
The Law makers in their separate remarks, spoke on the need for the bill to be passed into law.
Hon. Pascal Agbodike, member representing Ihiala 2 Constituency, who also doubles as the Chairman House Committee on sports led the motion.
Collectively they said, “The establishment of the sports commission will inject capable hands that will be in charge of sports activities”.
“Anambra state has not been doing so well in the area of sports lately but with the establishment of this commission, it is expected that talents will be discovered and developed”.
“This commission will also create environment for youths to showcase and harness hidden talents”.
“Sports is becoming a very huge source of income. The establishment of this Commission will not only generate revenue for the state but also to the individuals involved”.
According to the law makers, one of the functions of this commission will be to critically look into the reason(s) why Anambra is lagging behind in sports activities and development, despite the fact that enough talents are in the state.
Adding that, “This bill is coming at the right time and the importance of this Commission cannot be over emphasized”.
“This is a step in the right direction. The expectation of Ndi-Anambra on sporting activities has not been met”.
“Sports is very important and it’s advisable for all adults to engage in sports not just for competition but because of health reasons”.
“Sports have gone to another level. It’s now entertainment and a good business. It’s a medium through which many have brought pride and glory not only to themselves but to their families and friends. So many people have become legends and are being celebrated because of sports”.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Rita Maduagwu, has directed the Chairman House Committee on Sports and his members to go back and do the final deliberation and come back with their final report in 2weeks time.