Sports Minister Bags African Illustrious Minister of The Year Award
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare is set to be honoured with the prestigious African Illustrious Award as Minister of the Year.
The African Illustrious Award according to Dr. Harris Madueke, is a revered and prestigious African honour, conferred on individuals and organisations who have excelled in leadership, philanthropy, community development, academia in Africa amongst others.
“The African Illustrious Awards seek to search, discover and recognise highly distinguished Africans who have been outstanding, and exceptional in private and public service. This recognition is in line with our vision to project and promote excellence in Africa, not as an exception, but as a consistent pattern in the modern African experience.
“Pursuant to the above, our team of seasoned professionals, distinguished researchers, special panel, and the public, after due diligence has found the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare worthy to receive the ‘Special Industry Award for Repositioning Sports Through The National Sports Industry Policy, 2022 – 2026’“ Madueke said.
Revolutionary sports document
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in November 2022 approved the National Sports Industry Policy. The policy provides the frame-work for the reclassification of sports from recreation to business. It has been described as the most revolutionary sports document in Nigeria’s history by industry watchers and sports administrators across the country.
The Minister has over the past three years blazed the trail in harnessing Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in sports development through laudable initiatives like Adopt-an-athlete that gave grants of between $10,000 to $20,000 to 44 budding athletes; Adopt-a-pitch, that brought back the dilapidated Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja through a $1m private investment, on-going rehabilitation of National Stadium, Surulere, Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, amongst other innovative programmes that has boosted sports development in the country.
The award will be formally presented to the Minister at the Oriental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, the 9th of December, 2022.