Minister of Sport, Solomon Dalung

Dalung Declares ‘State Of Emergency In Sports’

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..Says Sport Reform C’ttee Recommendations Will Be Implemented

The Minister of Youth & Sport Development, Solomon Dalung, yesterday, declared a state of emergency in the nation’s sports sector, in the light of the poor performance of the nation’s contingent to the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the need for a new sports infrastructure.

Dalung, who was speaking during the official presentation of the report of the Sport Reforms Committee, which he inaugurated back in April, in Abuja, yesterday, said: “Following the performance of Nigeria at the last Olympics in Brazil – inspite of far-reaching efforts made to prevent a repeat of the London fiasco – we are going back, not to the normal drawing board, but to set the tone for result-oriented efforts, by ensuring functionality.

“We will begin with the implementation of this committee, holistically appraise the situation, bring this report into the mix and see how where that takes us.

“Many commentators dismissed this committee’s inauguration as a futile effort; one which would end up like the others. Today, however, I am happy to receive this report which does not only identify problems, but offers suggestions and makes useful recommendations on how to achieve these recommendations. I want to assure Nigerians and members of this committee – who have sacrificed so much in time and resources to make this happen – that we will implement this report and do everything to get the train moving, even if we don’t do it all in the life-time of this administration,” the minister assured.

The chairman of the committee, Godwin Kienka, thanked everyone for their support in the course of the committee’s work.


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