The National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu, has declared that he is determined to assist the youth in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, develop their talent in football and launch them to the international scene.
Shittu made the declaration at the formal presentation of trophies for the First Under-15 Olayiwola Shittu Cup 2013 Competition to the Chairman of Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association, Prince Nurudeen Agara, at the ANLCA National Secretariat, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, on penultimate Thursday.
The competition, described as the first of its kind in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, according to the sponsor, is intended to keep the youth in the community positively-engaged, by keeping them off the streets, and helping them develop their talent to grow and join international clubs.
Shittu said that philanthropy has been his bedrock in life, adding that he has decided to contribute his quota to the development of the youth in the community, where the headquarters of ANLCA, his residence and office are all situated.
He used the occasion to encourage members of ANLCA to imbibe the culture of sports, not only by watching, but also participating in them.
He thanked the Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association for the honour bestowed on him by enabling him contribute in youth development in the community.
Commenting on the trophies before handing them over, Shittu said that he took time personally to bring in the trophies, which, he said, were not only unique in size and quality, but symbolized the unity and better future of the nation.
He declared that the partnership between ANLCA and the Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association will go beyond his tenure, adding that ANLCA will continue to contribute to youth development in the community.
Responding, the Chairman of the Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association expressed his appreciation to Shittu and the entire members of ANLCA for initiating and sponsoring the competition.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. Samuel Omolola, promised that the Lagos State Grassroots Soccer Association would work hard to maintain a high standard for the competition.
Omolola declared that screening of players for the competition will be thorough to eliminate over-aged players.
He disclosed that the final match and closing ceremony of the competition comes up on Sunday, June 30, 2013.