Minister of Sports and Youth Development Barr Solomon has declared that anyone appointed to head the country’s sporting sector operates like a wheel barrow in the eyes of stakeholders.
Dalung who spoke against the backdrop of dwindling fortunes in Nigeria’s sporting activities explained that various sports federations which are established to be mainly autonomous still depend solely on government to finance their day to day programmes, a development he described as unacceptable.
According to the former local government chairman, “The greatest burden of the sport in Nigeria is on the sport minister. The sports Minister in Nigeria is like wheelbarrow. The federations are very sensitive and autonomous when they hold their tea party, the minister will not be there but like wheelbarrow when there is load to carry, they will assemble in front of Minister’s office with long application saying Minister we are in need of your intervention and if minister answer them, nobody will see them anymore until when there is another need again.
“You cannot run sports like that and make progress. The Nigeria Football federation is very autonomous moving with FIFA license. You cannot intervene, if you say anything they will say no, FIFA is coming.
“Even when they are fighting and they will kill themselves and you want to intervene, they will still tell you that FIFA is coming. But when it’s time for them to produce the money to support that autonomy, they cannot produce a dime.
“So, as far as sport administration is concerned, Minister is like wheelbarrow. If there is load to carry, they beckon on minister’s office. “