The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on Friday, 2nd March, 2018 unveiled the logo and corporate identity of the Odua Football Leagues (OFL) in Ibadan.
The ceremony was held at the 15th floor office of the OFL at Cocoa House, Ibadan after which he joined his colleagues for a Press Conference at the office of DAWN Commission on the 10th Floor of Cocoa House.
The project is the brainchild of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the Southwest Football Forum.
Teams from the six southwest states of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Lagos and Ondo will be taking part in the OFL football competitions.
DAWN Commission is committed to developing sports and recreational activities within the Southwest Region. This commitment derives from the conviction that sports can serve as a significant tool to improve the overall health standard in the Region - but sports is also so much more.
Sports can also serve as nation-building and peace preserving instrument not only for the Southwest Region, but for the entire country Nigeria. Sports also teaches us teamwork – which every person counts, it teaches us the importance of fair play and observing code of rules. It sets aside our personal aspirations for the benefit of the collective and it teaches us that winning or losing can be done with honour – knowing that one did the very best of one’s ability.
Our vision is to see a sports movement in the Southwest Region open to all. Unfortunately today’s reality is far from that vision as many groups still stand in the periphery, for example girls and women, schools sports, persons with physical and mental disabilities and socially deprived youth. It must be made clear that every citizen constitutes a crucial component of our regional progress.
DAWN Commission will do its utmost to remove the remaining impediments for the development of sports opportunities and its accessibility to all - from the grass roots upwards. We are determined to create a new and develop a sporting tradition by:
• Jointly promoting a Standard Sports Academy to produce world-beaters in targeted sports where we have competitive edge.
• Developing a Regional Standard for school sports and sports administration.
• Organizing an annual Regional Football Tournament for Secondary Schools, State Universities, Polytechnics and other Tertiary institutions.
• Organizing an annual competition for our teams in the Local Leagues; the Nigerian Football Leagues
• Organizing an annual Western Nigeria Sports Festival, where we showcase our possibilities in competitive Sports.
• Pursuing opportunities for both national and international partnership and alliances and seek opportunities for organizing Sports Clinics, Coaches Workshops, Administrators’ Programmes etc., for capacity building
• Establishing a well-managed framework for private sector funding of Sports, including Trust Funds, Sports Lottery, and Corporate Sponsorship.
The Commission will continue its efforts in intensifying relations with actors within the sports sector, both on a national and international level in order to promote the Southwest Region as a sporting community based upon constitutional rights.