Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode on Monday hosted officials of Barcelona at his office where initial modalities were discussed and the Governor promised to make the project a huge success.
According to Governor Ambode, “this visit by FC Barcelona is coming at a point where I believe strongly that we have nothing else to say than to say we are committed into this partnership because we know the partnership will give us the first FCBEscola in Africa. I was made to understand that this is the first of its kind in Africa and so Lagos is priding itself as a major receptor of the next academy to be established in Africa.
“Sport development is key to tackling unemployment. Therefore, we welcome the decision of Barcelona Football Club (FC) of Spain to establish its first Football Academy in Africa in Lagos, we pledge the maximum support of this adminstration in ensuring the successful take off of the project.” The Lagos State Governor also declared.
The Governor added that it was great hosting Board member, FC Barcelona of Spain, Pau Vilanova Vila Abadal and Director, FC Barcelona Academy, Oscar Grau, during their courtesy visit to the Lagos House on Monday.
Earlier, Pau Vilanova i Vila-Abadal, Director of Business and Member of FC Barcelona Management Board, who led the team to the State House, thanked Governor Ambode for the support given to them so far in actualizing the project.
He said FC Barcelona decided to establish its Academy in Lagos due to the impressive population of the state, and the opportunity to share the philosophy of the team with the state.
On his part, Oscar Grau, Worldwide Director of Barcelona Academy, said it was indeed a big honour for the club to establish its Academy in Lagos, as many of the big names in the team started from such Academy.