Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has reiterated his administration’s commitment to use sports as a veritable tool that would not only take the youths off the street and provide them with a means of livelihood, but also boost tourism in the state.
The Governor disclosed this when the Trustees and Management of Lagos Lawn Tennis Club paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Alausa.
He commended the club for sustaining the competition in the last sixteen years just as he expressed readiness to continue with the sponsorship of the Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis Tournament and improve on the successes recorded in the past.
Governor Ambode also promised to use this year’s edition of the competition as a platform to celebrate the Club’s 120 years anniversary, adding that his administration intends to latch on to the potentials of sports and recreation to promote growth and position Lagos as a choice destination for tourists.
Earlier, the President of Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Barrister Rotimi Edu, commended the passion and commitment of Governor Ambode towards the growth and development of the State, saying “the way and manner you are running a transparent government tends towards achieving a robust economy built on service, equity and justice.
He also solicited the support of the Governor for continued collaboration towards sponsorship of the annual ITF sanctioned Lagos Governor’s Cup Tennis Tournament scheduled to come up in October.
He also expressed willingness of the club to further collaborate with the state government towards the institution of a Youth Academy as a vessel for developing new talents and engaging the youth.