Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Sunday Dare has restated the dogged posture and commitment of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to rehabilitate, reposition and revamp our various sporting centres for podium performances through public private partnership funding. To this end, Hon. 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 our set goals.
Hon. 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 at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zones in Abuja, today.
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.
Furthermore, the Ministry, according to Hon. Dare, 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 actisd the country, with positive consequences on empowering our athletes and youths for optimal performance in Sports.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, Distinguished 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. Moreso, ensuring that the Ministry’s budget for 2020 receive a positive consideration at the Appropriation Committee level.
Hon. Sunday Dare’s appearance at the occasion of the 2020 Budget Defence, which held today, had the full retinue of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Adesola Olusade, Directors of the Ministry , Director General of the NYSC and Officials of the Ministry in attendance.