The Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare has restated the dogged posture and commitment of the sports ministry to rehabilitate reposition and revamp the various sporting centers for podium performances through public private partnership funding.
Dare emphatically stated that the Ministry, with strong political will, has urgently initiated several processes that are already under consideration with relevant government agencies to actualise the set goals.
Dare hinted on this policy direction at the occasion of the 2020 Budget defence of the ministry held with the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports in Abuja yesterday.
In the course of responding to the senate committee members commentaries on the parlous state of our stadia, the league management company and grassroot sport, the minister averred that private funding of sports is very crucial to attain the desired level of attracting investors and engaging potential corporate organisations that would trigger impactful content for sports development.
“The ministry will also leverage on the adoption of sports centres and Athletes through the process of engaging eminent personalities in the country to achieve the drive of revamping our Stadia facilities in the country, with positive consequences on empowering our athletes and youths for optimal performance in sports”.
On his parts, Chairman of Senate committee on sports, Senator Obinna Ogba pledged the commitment of members to assist the ministry actualise it’s mandate and vision for national cohesion and socio-economic empowerment adding that they will ensue that the ministry’s budget for 2020 receive a positive consideration at the Appropriation Committee level.