Lagos - New minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung says
he will give equal attention to all sports, and not just one particular area.
In the past, sports minister have instead focusing on all
sport, given attention to football, a development that have seen other sports
But Dalung on Friday said he will focus his attention
equally on all areas as he seek to improve Nigeria and ensure there are
successes at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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“I’ll make sure as I preside over this ministry, I do not
remain a minister of a particular sport, whether of basketball, football, or
boxing which I belong, but I’ll ensure I be a minister of sport where everybody
is given regular support and encouragement so that they can make this country
proud.” He said at the 2015 Nigerian Sports Award held in Lagos.
“We need to come together and harness our potentials, and
try to sanitize the industry by ensuring transparency so that investors can put
in money, and I think that government alone cannot sustain viably the sport
industry. I appeal to all investors that we are going to create the enabling
environment so that investment will yield positive result.
“We shall concentrate on the development of grassroot sports
so that we can provide the necessary environment to harness potentials where we
can develop the sport industry.”
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