Etisalat has been lauded for contribution to sports in Oyo State, Nigeria. The Oyo State Government has showered encomiums on Nigeria’s Etisalat, for its commitment and contributions to youth development in the country. The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, gave this commendation when a team of Management staff from the company paid him a courtesy visit as part of activities to flag-off the regional play-off of the season three of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup football competition which started in Ibadan during the week.
According to the Commissioner who, while describing the network as a “lover of children and character developer”, noted that its social investment in youths will empower them to “overcome the many environmental challenges that lead to crime and other social vices.”
“I want to commend Etisalat for its efforts and determination to develop the minds and bodies of Nigerian youths especially the School children through sports with the U-15 School Cup Football Competition across the nation,” he said.
Also speaking, the Oyo State Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Barrister Abayomi Oke, while receiving the team to his office, assured of the Government’s commitment to working with partners to develop sports in the State. He called on other corporate organisations to emulate the example being set by Etisalat and commit to initiatives that could help in developing Nigerian football teams for the overall benefit of the nation.
The Etisalat team included the Head, Events and Sponsorship, Modupe Thani, Manager, Sponsorship, Orah Egwu and Head of Sales, South West, Razaq Oloko among others.
Meanwhile, the race for tickets to the Lagos national finals of the season three of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup football competition has got underway at the Ibadan Centre with several matches decided inside the main bowl of the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba and Wesley College Playing Ground, Elekuro.
Seven teams are featuring in the regional qualifiers at the Centre. They include host Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Osun States.
Twenty-Four state school teams will be featuring in the other regional qualifying matches to be hosted consecutively at the Ilorin Township Stadium, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu and Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna between October 18 and November 4, 2016.
The national champion of the 2016 edition will receive the Champions Trophy and a cash prize of N2 million educational award while its players will go home with N50,000 each. The second-placed team will go home with N1 million with the players pocketing extra N30,000 each while the third-place winner will have the sum of N750,000.00 for its efforts with its players receiving N20,000.00 each.