By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has reassured the people of the state that she will leave an indelible legacy behind through the talent hunts on the coming generations.
Mrs. Akeredolu made the assertion at the 5th edition of the Summer Tennis Clinic at Okitipupa , headquarters of the state’s Southern Senatorial District on Monday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony which took place at Stella Marris College, Okitipupa, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, appreciated parents for deeming it fit to allow the discovery of the God-given talents in their wards most especially during the holiday period.
She noted that the purpose of the Tennis clinic was to make the little children more useful to their family, environment and the country at large.
The programme, which commenced in 2017 has been decentralized into the 3 senatorial districts of the state to encourage more kiddies to participate from the hinterlands.
The First Lady urged parents to make sure that their wards do not remain idle during the holiday, and that they should learn various skills.
Chairperson of the 2022 organizing committee, Mrs. Olamide Falana noted that the event marks an important day in the annals of the sunshine state as the 2022 Tennis Clinic debuts in the Southern senatorial district of the state.
She added that the tennis clinic is in its fifth year in the state but the maiden edition of the decentralized event in the south, north and central senatorial zones.
While charging leaders in the south senatorial district to take advantage of the rare opportunity to groom giants from amongst the young ones by supporting the laudable initiative, Mrs. Falana stressed that the annual tennis clinic has come to stay, adding that it will only always get better by the day.
Chairman of the opening ceremony, Jimmy Odimayo in his address, congratulated and appreciated the First Lady, Chief Betty Akeredolu for her passion for the development of the young ones which is evident, undeniable and unrelenting.
Odimayo added that this year’s edition marks a significant milestone in the continuous development of future leaders as the Ondo State Sumnmer Tennis Clinic has fanned out to other senatorial districts of the state so that more children can be given access and opportunity.
Odimayo who the APC candidate for Okitipupa/Irele federal constituency in the 2023 general election, stressed that the summer tennis clinic has made stars of Olamilekan, who participated in the Summer clinic in 2018 and was the best under 16 in the south-west, Nigeria and others like Peace Agbeie, who competed in the CBN Championship and reached the semifinal, Henry Aina, who got to the semifinal of the Chevron Junior Tennis championship.
“We are proud of these young chaps, and the future holds bright promises for them,” he added.
The Ijegun Idepe of Okitipupa, Oba Michael Adetoye in his goodwill message appreciated the first lady for encouraging and inspiring the young minds.
He also appreciated the first lady for all she has been doing in Ondo state.