The Nigeria Ministry of Youths and Sports has said it will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders in ensuring the desired grassroots sports development.
A Deputy Director in the ministry of Youth and sports in Kwara State, Ali Durotoye made this known while speaking at the maiden mini-marathon in Omu-Aran.
The 10-kilometre race attracted no fewer than 120 male and female student athletes across schools in the town.
Durotoye, also a member of the club, said it is only with such collaboration that the dwindling fortunes of sporting and cultural activities at the grassroots could be resuscitated and transformed.
He said the collaboration would also bring about desired private sector participation in the development of sports at the community level.
Durotoye expressed optimism that next year’s event would attract more officials from the ministry for selection of deserving athletes who could be the country’s future representatives.
“We are not unaware of the abundance at the grassroots level of sports talents which can enhance the country’s participation at continental and global sports arena.
“It is our belief that only with the organisation of this kind of sports event that those hidden talents can be identified.
“We in the Ministry of Youths and Sports are eager to key into such collaboration to develop the sector, in order to achieve the desired aims and objectives,” he said.