…Says Youth Development Is Top Priority
Newly sworn-in Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has promised to take sports to the next level in accordance with the vision and mission of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The sports minister while speaking during his maiden meeting with staff of the ministry on assumption shortly after their inauguration by President Buhari in Abuja yesterday thanked the president for allowing him to serve the country while calling on relevant stakeholders brace up as they seek to deliver on the mandate given by the president.
“I’m excited to be here today. I thank the President, Muhammadu Buhari for appointing me minister of Youths and Sports Development of our country.”
“The work starts now so let’s roll up our sleeves and work together as a team. The President’s agenda stands on three legs – security, reviving the economy and fight against corruption and at the centre of that is lifting 100m Nigerians in 10 years out of poverty”.
Dare said that sports cannot be separated from youths and as such, he will be thinking out of the box to develop the youths.
“Youth development is key to the success of any government. We have youths, we have sports. our mandate area is very clear, we must broaden our horizons, we must deepen the work we do and the quality of work we bring to the table. I’m not unaware of the challenges, controversies and development in this ministry”.
“It’s a ministry that is dear to the hearts of Nigerians. Beyond sports, there are other ways we can develop the youths. We will be thinking outside the box.”
“We will also find a way of taking sports out of the back pages to front pages with positive news. The media is an integral part of the sports and I thank the media for the work they have done. I will be relying on you heavily again as we start this work together.”
“I intend to strengthen intra-ministerial collaboration. We will go to the ministry we can work together with, pull resources together and see what we can do”
He, however, noted that the sports ministry will meet up the National Assembly September deadline for 2020 Budget submission.
“September is now the deadline for submitting our budget, so beginning from Friday, we will look at it and get the budget ready. So there is work to be done” he concluded.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola has said the minister will be put through the inner workings of the ministry.
“We will provide you with details of the structure of the ministry as we engage further.
“Everyone in the ministry has been looking forward to your arrival and are committed to working with you to ensure the level the ministry has attained is taken to the next level to achieve,” he said.
Mr Dare replaces Solomon Selcap Dalung who oversaw the affairs of the ministry from November 2015 to May 28, 2019. Sunday Dare graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University in 1991.
He then proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos. He was a Freedom Forum Fellow and Visiting Scholar, School of Journalism – New York University (NYU) in 1998.
He later proceeded to Harvard University under the prestigious Harvard Nieman Journalism Fellowship between 2000 and 2001 where he studied Media and Public Policy.
He served as the Chief of Staff / Special Adviser on media to former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He was appointed Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Information and Communications.
He served as Chief, Hausa Service, African Division at Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, DC between 2001 to 2009.
He has over two decade of journalism experience spanning over 25 years before 2016 when he was appointed as Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) before his recent appointment.