Opinion:Sport Minister Needs to be Tested for drugs!

July 06 17:21 2021

By Tolulope Oguntimehin

The Mnister of youth and sports ,Sunday Akinlabi Dare needs to be tested for performance enhancing drug.

Yes, you heard me well but you wont blame me for making a suggestion borne out of a personal observation of the energy he brings to bear on his daily itinerary as a cabinet member.

A cursory look at the Minister’s activities shows that he is one of the most hardworking ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. This is because it takes more than a mere mortal to be able to carry out all the activities that he engages in daily.

I recently took a peek into one of his daily activities sheets to see if it is just for decoration or public stunt only to find out that he does carry out all his engagement without missing any.

For instance, on a particular day,the sports minister attended a youth event in Odemu,Osun state and later that day he attended the final of Dr and Mrs D.K Olukoya women basketball championship as well as the inter house sports competition of the British International school at two extreme ends of Lagos.

This is besides other meetings he holds with private individuals and stalwarts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos.

One definitely has to wonder how he juggles all those activities and still remain on top of his game. With just two years in office,Sunday Dare popularly known as SD has overseen many projects which his predecessors can only dream of.

His legacy project is clearly the renovation of the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja through a creative Public Private Partnership deal which he was able to get Africa’s richest man,Aliko Dangote to sponsor. Not only that, he also adopted the same approach for the nearly forgotten Sport city,the National Stadium in Surulere,Lagos, which had been moribund in the last 15 years.

And how can I even forget his adopt -an- athlete – programme which has seen over twenty athletes adopted by state governments and private companies and for the first time in decades, Nigeria is heading for an Olympics Games with no wrangling or complaints by any athletes or the contingent as a whole.

The youth sector has also received a big boost with so many programmes initiated with young Nigerians in mind.

The National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) is a signature initiative which has benefitted over 5200 youths with many more still to follow in the first year of the project while so many training programmes are being organised to meet the demands of the teeming Nigerian youths.

You definitely have to wonder how this man has been able to do all these just within a short span in office and lest I forget the constant bickering between the Sports ministry and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has been a thing of the past under the urbane Sunday Akinlabi Dare.

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