Adedayo Benjamin-Laniyi promises more grassroots football tournaments in FCT

Adedayo Benjamin-Laniyi promises more grassroots football tournaments in FCT
July 27 15:26 2023 Print This Article

Adedayo Benjamin- Laniyi has stated unequivocally that she would continue to partner the FCT sports council to organise more grassroots football events in the Territory.

She stressed that the role of sports, or football in particular as a tool to promoting unity, peace and development  cannot be over emphasized. To this end she maintained that residents of the FCT and it’s environ would continue to witness regular grassroots football tournaments as her own modest contribution to the development of the Nation.

Benjamin- Laniyi stated this Wednesday in Abuja while briefing members of the Nigerian press about the ongoing Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi (ABL) FCT unity football championship.

The politician cum media entrepreneur said the football competition, with the participation of the six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was also meant to discover grassroot talents for the national teams.

“We are here to make a statement that we can achieve unity through sports and build a new prosperous nation.

“This initiative, the Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi sports tournament is an expression of premium sports for unity and indeed propelling our Nigerian youth through grassroots representation in the six area councils of the FCT,” she said.

“I rise as a mother, a media entrepreneur, a politician, as a patriot to make a call for unity through sports.

“What makes a nation stand is unity, so we should rise above tribe, religion and race,” she said.

The press briefing had in attendance strong delegation from the FCT sports council led by its Director, Luka Istifanus, and his speech, he thanked the organiser of the competition for the laudable initiative.

He said the FCT was committed to grassroots sports development and improving it’s participation in major competitions such as the National Sports Festival (NSF) and National Youth Games (NYG).

Over 80 teams and 1,200 players from the six FCT area councils have been slugging it at the ABL championship, which is now in the quarter-finals stage.


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