Minister addresses funding issues for 2022 sporting events

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The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare said the country must be prepared to face and overcome funding constraints as it prepares to organize and participate in several national and international competitions in 2022.

Speaking at the 2022 budget advocacy session with the House of Representatives Sports Development Committee in Abuja on Monday, Dare highlighted some of the challenges facing the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in the continuation of most of his sporting activities.

His words: “Without mince words, participation in national, continental and international competitions which have brought great glory and goodwill to the country is capital intensive. The reality is that the department has been severely strained in the pursuit of these activities due to its very low overhead costs.

“The financial needs of our forty-two national sports federations, as submitted by them, cannot be fully taken into account in the budget envelope of the ministry’s overheads.

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“The activities of these federations are decisive for our participation in international sporting events. These huge financial needs further underscore the need for more funding for the ministry, ”argued Dare.

Asked by a lawmaker about the ministry’s plans to help revive national football and the Professional Football League of Nigeria (NPFL), Dare said it would take collective action from all stakeholders to change things for the better. .

“We all have to get involved and even get legislation to support us before we can start to see changes,” he opened, “The structure of our clubs has to change if we are to see the fans fill the stands at our stadiums to watch our national games Most of our clubs are government owned and professionalism is not a priority.

“There are few or no facilities, the player welfare program in most clubs is not encouraging, club licensing rules are not enforced. All of these things have kept our national football in the doldrums.

“From 2022, we will ensure that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), which has oversight responsibilities over the League Management Company (LMC), is able to ensure stricter compliance with club licensing rules. , although we will end up having only six clubs together. the standard and then have the matches broadcast on TV and on the online platform NPFL.TV so that Nigerians can keep an eye on events around the clubs and matches, ”the minister said.

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports Development, the Honorable Olumide Osoba, previously applauded the Minister of Sports and his team for launching programs that had a positive impact on Nigerian sports over the past two years. last years.

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