AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON. ABDULRAHEEM OLAJIDE JIMOH , EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, YABA LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREA AT THE COMMENDATION RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN (TEAM YABA AND YABA JETS) WHO WON MEDALS AT THE IBILE GAMES, 2012 ON THURSDAY, JULY, 2012.
‘’BE committed, DO what it takes, and you will HAVE what you want’’ _________Phillip C. McGraw.
‘’Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’’ ______________Luis Seneca.
Today, we give due praise to Allah, Subhuana Tahala for providing the requisite platform for the achievement of the unparalleled glory that our victorious sports men and women have bestowed on Yaba Local Council Development Area. Never in the history of this LCDA has a set of individuals brought this type of prominence and media blitz to Yaba, as far as sports is concerned. Today, Yaba LCDA is being described as ‘’Golden Yaba’’, courtesy our glorious sports men and women.
Aside the fact that we are the overall winners of the prestigious Ibile Cup, this avalanche of medals: gold, silver and bronze, which we garnered, is intimidating. Our sportsmen and women competed in virtually all the games and won medals in almost all of them.
Your victories in these sporting events were not fortuitous. Neither were they happen stances. They were outcome of your toil and sweat: good and consistent planning, rigorous practices, and serious self-denials among others.
There is no doubt that from the onset, you were determined, focused and committed. It was obvious you were not going to settle for anything less than success. You demonstrated inadvertently your adroit belief in the panacea enunciated by that renowned psychologist, Phillip C. McGraw. According to him, the secret of success lies in 3 words: BE, DO, and HAVE. Expanded, this says: ‘’Be committed, DO what it takes and you will HAVE what you want’’.
Luis Seneca puts it this way: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’ You seized the opportunity which Ibile competition offered and availed the game of your preparation to attain success.
The reception we are holding today is being organised basically to appreciate and acknowledge your superlative performances. It is our own way of applauding you people. We are not shy to clap for you. The Yorubas have a saying ‘’Eniti a se loore ti ko dupe, bi olosa ko eru eni lo ni’’. There is another one: ‘’Yin ni Yin ni, ki eni o se mii’’. Voltaire alluded to this when he said: ‘’Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belongs to us a well’’
In order for us to push home very well our appreciation, we have made available some cash gifts which will be given out to all of you in the course of this programme. We cannot also forget to give kudos to all the officials; the coaches, medical team, members of the technical committee and also those who participated one way or the other to the success achieved by our sports men and women. We commend all of you for your painstaking contributions that culminated in this huge success that we all relish joyfully and celebrate.
As we engage in back-slapping and glass-clinking while celebrating, we should not get carried away as we need to start preparation in earnest for next games. Some of us may think it is still far. No! Please, remember that time is never man’s friend. We must not forget the wise saying that ‘’Achieving success is not as difficult as sustaining it’’. The success we have achieved this year must be sustained.
Thank you and God bless you
EKO O NI BAJE O!
You Are Blessed Always.(YABA).