The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung has commended the Nigeria Volleyball Federation president, Engr Musa Nimrod for leading the revolution taking place in the federation.
He made this known while receiving the victorious male U-19 volleyball team in his office today.
It will be recalled that Nigeria defeated Egypt 3-2) in the final to claim gold in the Boys Volleyball event at the Youth African Games in Algiers, Algeria.
In his speech, the minister said the revolution was as a result of the democratisation of the election process into the federation.
“Since the elections, my hands are already tired of receiving trophies. The election was not popular. So many fought against it, urging me to appoint my friends.”
“The revolution taking place in volleyball is because we decided to democratise the process by allowing the members to choose their leaders, he said.
While congratulating the winning team, the minister acknowledged that the quality of play in African volleyball is coming back again as seen with the successes attained in the various competitions.
He also assured the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) executives led by its president, Dr Amr Elwani that the sports ministry will continue to partner with the confederation while directing investments towards the growth of the game in Nigeria.
“Let me commend your efforts in partnering with us supporting and encouraging us because of the huge potentials you know Nigeria has, he said.”
Dalung however seized the opportunity to again appeal to the private sector to support sports development and take the young ones of the street so they have a conducive environment to do business.
In his own submission, the CAVB president congratulated Dalung for the achievements he has recorded as the head of the Sports Ministry so far while urging him to ensure the teams play all round the year.