Lagos- The Lagos State Government has contracted the services of 106 coaches to help discover and nurture athletes to national and international standards and to implement the 144 developmental programmes recently approved.
The state Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Enitan-Oshodi, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday said that the employment was with immediate effect.
The statement said that the coaches were on contract, to put them on their toes and enable them to work assiduously, in tune with the efforts of the state government to develop sports in all spheres.
``The coaches are employed on contract so that we will know those that are working and those who are not and their contract will be renewed based on their performance.
``Any of the coaches who did not perform optimally to improve the athletes shall be relieved of his or her duty.
``Contract agreement is what is in tune in the sporting world today and this to ensure that they are not dormant but are active in their jobs’’ the statement said.
The statement also reaffirmed the capability of the state to host any international sporting competition.
``Our infrastructure is of top quality which will enable the state to host more sporting championships.
``Hosting competitions would also help us to sustain the tempo of activities that were witnessed during the hosting of the 18th National Sports Festival last year.
``This would go a long way in ensuring that the state becomes a destination for sports and tourism, like other mega-cities in the world,” the statement said.
The statement added that the NSF has provided the state an avenue to launch its world class facilities and market its tourism potentials to the outside world.