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Sport Promotes National Unity, Fosters Progress- Ministry

By Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu

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Nigerian Ministry of Sports Development has said sports are not just games, but an industry with the capacity to generate employment, drive economic development, improve public health and promote national unity.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Tinuke Watti made this known at the first National Council on Sports Meeting with the Theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” held in Enugu.

Watti said that investment in sports infrastructure and programmes can help boost Nigeria’s economy.

According to her, ” Sports when rightly positioned will help to take the youth off crime as successful athletes and role models inspiring the younger generation.

To harness these benefits, however, Watti said Nigeria needed to adopt a holistic and inclusive approach to sports development.

“This includes fostering partnerships between government, private sector, and international bodies.”

Also in an address, the Deputy Governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ossai said that Enugu state was privileged to provide the backdrop for this important gathering of sports administrators, policymakers, technocrats and stakeholders, who share a common vision of advancing sports in Nigeria.

The Deputy Governor noted that the technical session is a critical component of this council meeting, as it provides a platform for robust discussions, knowledge sharing, and the formulation of strategies that would shape the future of sports in Nigeria. 

“Enugu State has a rich history of fostering talent and promoting sportsmanship. Our state has produced notable athletes who have brought pride to Nigeria on international stages. It is for this reason that we understand the transformative power of sports.

It is not just a tool for physical fitness and entertainment. Sports have always played a pivotal role in the unity and development of our nation. It catalyzes social cohesion, economic development, and youth empowerment.”

The Deputy Governor expressed confidence that with the wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion highlighted at the meeting, Nigerians can tackle the challenges ahead and forge a path that elevates Nigerian sports to new heights. 

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