By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Barrister Yomi Oke on Wednesday said the state is ready to give a befitting burial to the former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation, (,NFF), Late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi slated for next week.
The Commissioner stated this while addressing a press conference on programmes lined up for the burial of Chief Ogunjobi which according to him will involves the entire southwest states and football administrators in Nigeria.
Barrister Oke stressed that there will be novelty matches, symposium and candle light for the late NFF Secretary General in Ibadan between Wednesday and Friday next week and that the lying in state will come up at the mainbowl of the Lekan Salami stadium, Adamasingba Ibadan on Thursday while the church service is to hold at living spring church, Ojoo Ibadan, before the interment.
Osun state Director of Sports Pastor Layi Adesiyan in his remark declared that the state has aligned it’s programmes with that of Oyo state to ensure smooth and befeating burial for the deceased.
Pastor Adesiyan said in appreciation of his contributions to the development of grassroots football in his home state of Osun, the state government had organised for a novelty matche between Ijesha warriors and the Osun united to be played on Tuesday.
Speaking, one of the sons of late Chief Ogunjobi Lanre Ogunjobi disclosed that the family of the late NFF Secretary General will ensure establishment of foundation which will care for the less privileged in society.
“Basically, the foundation is going to be encouraging students to focus on their education. You can go to school and play football at the same time, the same thing he did during his lifetime. We have the intention of speaking to the commissioner for education in terms scholarships for these students,” he said.
The press conference was attended by Chief Bolaji Ojooba, ex-Nigeria internationals, Mutiu Adepoju and Dimeji Lawal, Ex Shooting Stars (IICC,) Chief Felix Owolabi, Mr Idowu Otunbusi, Coach Niyi Akande and Ayodeji Ogunjobi, and the younger brother to Late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, Rotimi Ogunjobi.