-Admonishes Youths To Avoid Drugs, Hails CMC,  NDLEA

By Izuchukwu Okosi

Nollywood actor and director, Honourable Desmond Elliot, has hailed the impact of sports in the development of the
Nigerian youth and nation building, and urges more youth involvement for emergence of more world class sports stars
the country, Newslegend.com.ng reports.

Elliot who is a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (Surulere Constituency) and chairman house’s Committee
on Art, Culture and Tourism exclusively spoke to Newslegend.com.ng as the state government get set to celebrate the
50 years anniversary of the creation of the ‘Centre of Excellence’ on May 27.

“Sports is a big industry just like the entertainment industry. It is a powerful tool which is used to send out
strong messages. Sports have united countries. We want that unifying factor that bind us together in our Lagos and
Nigeria as a whole to help us produce more responsible citizens,” Elliot said at an event at the Lagos State House
of Assembly, Ikeja, in which he was inducted as a member of a non governmental organization, Cornell Media Consult
(C.M.C) and the Celebrity Drug Free Club Campaign of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

“In Nigeria and Lagos in particular, the place of sports is massive. Many sports stars today are able to fend for
themselves and their families because of their talents. They could have ended up in crime.

“As Lagos gets ready to mark its 50th anniversary this year, 2017 with series of activities which we have been
doing, I want to implore youths to stay away from drugs and all other vices. Sports is a good avenue to make money
too.

“I want to say thank you to Ambassador Cornell Udofia, the pilot of the Cornell Media Consult for this honour. I have met him at many occasions ad I want to specially thank him for the role he played during my campaign to get to office (House of Assembly). He knows his job. I also salute the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for recognizing me and making me one of the entertainers to be in the Celebrity Drug Free Club Campaign.

“Crime do not pay. Whatever you can do to lift this country positively please do it. Two of my children are
interested in becoming actors like myself. Let’s set good examples for the young generation.

“Lagos have played host to African and world sporting events like the African Cup of Nations, the FIFA youth World
Cups and the Asoju Oba Tennis Championships. It is my wish that more Segun Toriolas, Kanu Nwankwos, Austin Okochas,
Chioma Ajunwas, Falilat Ogunkoyas and so many others emerge.”