Sanwo-Olu Sacks Babatunde Bank-Anthony As Sports Commission DG
Governor Sanwo-Olu sacks Babatunde Bank-Anthony and appoints Oluwatoyin Gafar Bolowotan as his replacement. Image Courtesy: The Eagle Online

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sacked the Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Babatunde Bank-Anthony and appointed Oluwatoyin Gafar Bolowotan as his replacement.

Concise News reports that Bank-Anthony was appointed by immediate past Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode as DG, LSSC during his tenure.

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A statement issued by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola on Thursday said Sanwo-Olu had approved the disengagement of Bank-Anthony as the Director General of the State Sports Commission, as well as approved the appointment of Bolowotan as the New Director General of the State Sports Commission.

The statement said the appointment was in line with the ongoing reorganisation of the State Public Service for efficient service delivery.

The statement said the appointment was with immediate effect.

Who is the new Lagos Sports Commission chief, Gafaar ‘Bolowotan’?

Gafar Bolowotan aspired for a seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency I at the last general elections.

He was born in Lagos on February 7, 1968, to the illustrious family of Late Ogunyemi Gafaar; an Ikorodu indigene and a businessman who lived in the heart of Lagos Island.

He grew up with his parents at 39, Maloney Street, Opposite St. Joseph Church, now Adeniji Adele road, Lagos Island.

Oluwatoyin attended LCC Primary School, Ebute Elefun and Muslim Missions Primary School, Mushin for his basic education; Mushin Boys High school, Okota, Isolo for his secondary education and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin to study Business Administration. His thirst for knowledge further took him to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) to bag a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

In his unflinching zeal to see others succeed, as an undergraduate student, Toyin engaged his friends in a free after-school tutorial for students which was a rare privilege enjoyed in those days. He was the head of the WAI brigade and was also made the captain of the Mushin Boys High school football team in Tournaments.

Due to his brilliant academic profile, young Toyin became the Senior Prefect at Mushin Boys’ High school, Okota, Isolo while he was also made the President of all Secondary Schools in Okota at that time.

As an Undergraduate and Activist, he was involved in Student Union activities and was appointed the Electoral Committee Chairman during the ABU Students Union election in 1994.

Upon graduation with honours and several awards, Toyin alongside progressive minds started the Life Scope Africa; an NGO dedicated to cater for the less privileged and HIV/AIDS Victims in 1997.

As a pragmatic, charitable and grassroots person, who sees community service as a veritable tool for social development especially for the youths, he established BOLOWOTAN FOOTBALL CLUB (BFC) in 2007 to help develop and nurture young talents in Ikorodu.

Bolowotan Football Club which has been at the forefront of discovering hidden talents of youths in Ikorodu for over a decade has also assisted successful young talents to get International football career. The Bolowotan Gold Cup also known as the Ikorodu World Cup is in its 10th edition and has been promoting young players from local to national level.

To Toyin, community service means giving his all to serve humanity which made him sponsored over 50 indigents from Primary education to tertiary level amongst other philanthropic acts. The beneficiaries are mostly those who he doesn’t know from Adam but chose to support their dreams as a result of his passion for rendering humanitarian services to people. He may be summarily described as an unrepentant philanthropist whose act of giving is second to none.

Presently, Toyin Gafaar is on the board of PrimeSigns Limited Company as the Head of Administration and Accounts. He is happily married and blessed with lovely children.

Toyin Gafaar is a proud son of Ikorodu.