The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has promised to give sports and youth development equal attention.
The sports minister said while speaking at the sidelines of the 2019 International Youth Day in Abuja yesterday reaffirmed his commitment to deliver on the mandate given by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
“I can assure you that attention will be paid to sports development and youth development, the mandate is clear and the two mandate areas will be given equal attention” he said.
The assurance is coming on the heels of accusation in a section of the media that previous ministers had paid more attention to Sports, especially football at the expense of youth development.
The minister had on Wednesday shortly after his inauguration highlighted the relationship between sports and the youths and how it can be harnessed for national development.
“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 quality of work we bring to the table.
According to him “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,” he concluded.