Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Selcap Dalung, has confirmed the scrapping of the National Sports Commission (NSC) while affirming that the reforms going on in the nation’s sports sector will be sustained as the political will to back up the reforms will not be compromised.
He made the assertion when he received an entourage from the Bureau of Public Enterprises led by the Acting Director-General, Dr. Vincent Akpotaire who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
According to Dalung, “the establishment of the Commission and the office of the Director-General was by the pronouncements of the President. As such, by its merger with the Ministry of Youth, the Commission and the office of the Director-General was equally annulled by the pronouncements of the President.”
Dalung identified sports as a determinant in foreign policy and tourism as well as veritable tool for national development, as such, Nigeria should have well developed programmes where sportsmen and women would be groomed for competitions devoid of personal interests by administrators.
He said, “sports is a veritable tool for national development, it is a determinant in foreign policy and a determinant in tourism therefore should be properly harnessed to project the country in good light”.
The Minister decried that sports development in the country had suffered setbacks which has affected the sector since the early 1980s.
According to him, what is prevalent in the country’s sports is a sign that all was not well with the sector.
He noted that the prevailing circumstance in the sector had been to service sports.
On concessioning of sports facilities in the country, Dalung disclosed that he had received offers from private sector players willing to join hands with government to ensure that the reform in the sector yields the necessary fruits.
He assured that under his supervision, every investment in sports by private investor would be guaranteed for probity and accountability. He therefore called on investors to invest in sports to eradicate social decadence among youths.
The Minister assured that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will partner with the Bureau of Public Enterprises to move the sports sector forward.
Earlier, the Acting Director General, Dr. Vincent Akpotaire presented some proposed terms of reference for the sports sector. Theses include a proposition for the constitution of a joint project design advisory team comprising membership from the Ministry, BPE and other relevant stakeholders to develop sports sector policy framework.


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