Sports summit: Minister promises full implementation of recommendations

Sports enthusiasts wonder why a sport summit should be held at the Aso villa.



The Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi has pledged to faithfully implement the recommendations of the sports sector retreat which held Monday, last week.

The Minister said he is confident that the retreat would not turn out to be a mere talk shop as he is committed to ensuring that the outcomes are fully implemented for the benefit of Nigerian sports.

“The least we could do to repay the kind of confidence Mr. President has invested in us and the extraordinary commitment he has shown for sports development is to ensure that that the recommendations are fully implemented,” he said.

Mr. Abdullahi said that the retreat had provided the vehicle to kick-start the much-needed reform in the sports sector, which would lead to an enduring system that guarantees sustainable success in Nigerian sports.

The sports sector retreat held Monday, last week with the President, Vice President and virtually all members of the Federal Executive Council members in attendance.

Members of the organised private sector, media, sports technocrats and other stakeholders from within and outside Nigeria were also present.

The consultants McKinsey, who helped organized the retreat, are putting the recommendations reached at the event together for implementation by the Sports Ministry.

Meanwhile former Gombe Football Association Chairman, Gara Gombe, has cast aspersions on the Sports Minister promise as he question the rationale of holding the sports summit in the Aso Rock Villa where he believes is not accessible for all a sundry to come and share their thoughts on the dwindling fortunes of sports in the country.

According to Mr. Gombe, the recent sports summit is only another way to spend tax payers monies unjustly.

“Why Aso Rock, I think it was just an act of sycophancy to make the President feel  they are working they should have had the summit where people will have been able to expose them and let the world know why we are where we are

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations.

He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section of the website.

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