The Minister of Youths and Sports, Barr Solomon Dalung has heaped praise on the private sector for sponsoring tournaments organised so far this year while lamenting again the poor budgetary allocation to the ministry.
In a chat with journalists, the minister said his ministry has been unlucky with the low budget given to it in the last three years and will not be able to renovate the sporting facilities across the country.
According to him, “the maintenance of sporting infrastructure is capital intensive that is why private sector plays a dominant role in sports development. What we have in the coffers now can’t maintain the structure”, he noted.
It will be noted that ministry had been allocated the sum of N16.2 billion which represents 1.4 per cent of the N8.612 trillion proposal of the Federal Government in the 2018 budget.
It will also be recalled that prior to the preparation for the just concluded National Youth Games, the minister had revealed that just N9m was allocated for the tournament.
Speaking further, the minister heaped praises on the president of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod for thinking out of the box to organise competitions while urging other Federations presidents to step up their games.
“When I was growing up, it was volleyball, basketball and athletics I knew. But today, these have taken the back bench and we only talk about football. It’s high time other federations begin to come up because the ministry has the policy of encouraging. Tournaments are run by sponsorship from private sector not from the budget”, he said.
He further canvassed for the continued democratisation in the election of federations excos. “In the past, people were handpicked. When we should allow democracy to play in, by giving the federations the free hand to elect people who have passion