Lagos - The Ministry of Youth and Sports is seeking support
and partnership from stakeholders in the sports industry especially the
The Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung made this known when
he visited SuperSport Studios in Lagos to solicit their co-operation in the
forthcoming National Youth Games billed for September 22 to 30, 2016.
On the occasion, Dalung thanked SuperSport for their
continued contribution toward the development of sports in Nigeria.
He noted that the industry had enjoyed a seamless
relationship with SuperSport and the impact of the relationship could be
attested to by Nigerians.
"We believe that you should be part of everything we do
and continue to contribute to sports not only in supporting us but also in
promoting whatever ideas we have and advising us where necessary because of
your wealth of experience and nurturing it to success."
Dalung said that the concept of the Youth Games is intended
at getting young talents. He however regretted the frustration in trying to
achieve the dream.
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"This dream has been frustrated either by political
activities or lack of funds. It is fundamental to the performance of Nigeria in
international competitions because if you don't develop your reservoir of
talents, then whatever you are boasting of today is subject to depletion. Some
of the athletes we took to Rio have been recycled for too long and that is an
indictment on a country like Nigeria with a population of 80 million youths.
“So we think we should go back to resuscitate the National
Youth Games and harvest our talents, develop them, prepare our future Olympic
materials and reposition ourselves to probably give the world a proper contest
in terms of games.
“We cannot achieve this without your robust support and
co-operation because you are key actors and partners in sports development and
we must take you along. We are not just coming for morale support and promotion
because you have been doing all these. We want you to be actively involved in
driving the entire concept to success," Dalung stated.
The minister later decorated the General Manager Strategy,
West Africa, Felix Awogu with a medal, a personalized muffler, head and wrist
bands to show appreciation to SuperSport as good sports ambassadors and for its
unrivaled contribution to sports development in the country.
Responding, Awogu thanked the Minister for the honour given
to SuperSport and recalled SuperSport’s early production of the Nigerian league
nine years ago with the NTA.
"Since then, we have been consistent with the
production of the Nigerian league. We are happy today that you've brought up
the idea of the National Youth Games because we believe that the future of
Nigeria lies in the youths. We will in the little way we can, through publicity
and otherwise support this project."
News24 reported that Dalung frowned at the treatment meted to Samson Siasia, the coach of the national under-23 football team, by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) after his official car was withdrawn.For
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