The Minister for Youth and Sports Development in Nigeria, Solomon Dalung has told Voice of Nigeria that the scrapping of the National Sports Commission, NSC, is being reviewed by his Ministry.
Mr. Dalung who was a guest on a Voice Of Nigeria programme “In The News” on Wednesday, said the body still had a greater role to play in the nation’s new sporting architecture that the Ministry is trying to build.
The Minister, who absolved himself of the decision to scrap the NSC, explained that a technical committee, of which he himself was not a member, was set up by the Head of Service of the Federation to restructure the Ministry.
“The scrapping of the National Sports Commission was as a result of the technical Committee set up by the office of the Head of Service to restructure the Ministry. The Committee invited people; I was not invited, and so, whatever came out as the decision of the Committee could have been the product of the wisdom of that technical committee. But it happened under my watch, so Solomon Dalung scrapped the National Sports Commission.” he said.
Mr. Dalung, however, opined that for the ministry to get it right in sports development, it must go back to the foundation of sports which is the grassroots.
“We needed to revisit the issue of National Sports Commission but must be restructured. We needed to have a Commission with a board that will oversee the activities and take into consideration professionalism” he said.
Mr. Dalung was pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the private sector in participating in the planned reforms of the sports sector, saying that the ministry had received offers from many investors in that regard.
He called on private investors to take advantage of the proposed sports reforms to invest in the sector.
Citing sports as a veritable tool for development; a determinant of national integration; a tourism income earner and foreign relations tool, the minister said any investment in the sector was a guarantee for sustainability.