If the assurance from the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is anything to go by, Nigerian grassroots sports would soon heave a sigh of relief following plans to vigorously revive schools sports.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Christian Oha who dropped the hint yesterday at the International day of Sports for Peace and Development in Abuja also disclosed that already talks are on with Ministry of Education on how practical approach would be evolved in bringing back the glory days in Nigerian sports.
Ex-Nigerian athlete, Innocent Egbunike who has churned out no fewer than 24 top global gold medalists was a street bread seller before he was discovered many years ago by an American who nutured him to stardom.
Remembering the likes of Egbunike who was discovered from nothing before he became world beater in track and field as well as other ex-athletes that have done Nigeria proud in the past on a day the world campaign for the use of sports as tool for peace and development, Oha flanked by former labour leader Peter Akpatason, former Chairman House Committee on Sports Godferey Gaiya, convener Emmanuel Omijeh, Dream team coach Samson Siasia among others assured that a new lease of life was in the offing for Africa’s most populous Nation.
According to him, “All we are doing right is to find a new bearing for Nigerian sports. The present administration is not sparing any effort in making we return to our glory days. The President is heavily committed to sports grassroots development.
“Sports does not know ethnicity or religion. Our main aim is to mobilize People from the grassroot and make sure we use same appaoch to galvanize adequate support economic growth needed to improve the well beings of the citizens.”
On his part, Nigeria’s Dream Team coach Samson Siasia who was optimistic of better days to come, commended the government for fresh innovations and partnership moves and assured of his readiness to lend steady support.
Also speaking, Omijeh who organised the event passionately called on the private sector to genuinely give back to the society maintained “it’s not only about government. All over the world the private sector has greater role to play in the development of Sports.
“In parts of Europe and America, individuals and corporate organizations contribute a lot in sports development.”

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