Nigeria’s government has proposed and delivered a unique sports development plan for the African continent tagged ‘Abuja Initiative’.
The minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, who disclosed this at a press briefing heralding events marking the 40th anniversary of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) in Abuja, said the initiative will accelerate the drive for sports development on the continent by strengthening unity amongst African countries through the instrument of sports.
He said it was a deliberate decision taken by the four youth and sports ministers from Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria and Egypt, with the core agenda to drive sports development in the continent.
“The Abuja initiative is a plan of action initiated not only to plug into ANOCA vision but also, to drive sports development in Africa,’’ Dare said.
The minister said a 16-man technical committee has been constituted by the four ministers with the main objective of presenting an agenda to the meeting of Sports Ministers in Africa in Algiers, which is scheduled to hold in November this year.
According to him, the crucial goals set for the 16-man technical committee before the meeting slated to hold in Algiers in November- include amongst, others proposing a taskforce comprising of IOC representative and a team of ministers that will drive African sports development, collectively focusing on youth and sports growth for socio-political development.
He further emphasized the importance of collaboration and synergy of efforts amongst ANOCA, Association of African Sports Confederations(USCA) and Youth and Sports Development Ministers in Africa to achieve set goals for youth and sports development on the continent.