The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Selcap Dalung has called for African support for Senegal which has the hosting right for 2022 Youth Olympic Games.
Dalung stated this at the 2nd session of the African Union Sports Council Region 2 Ministers Meeting 2018 at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja yesterday adding that there is a need to foster unity and regional integration in the Africa continent through sports.
He further asked Senegal to come up with areas they want member countries of the AUSC Region 2 to help as it is the first time the African Region will be hosting such an event.
“The 2nd Session of the council of Minister Meeting is heavily loaded with our aspirations and with collective efforts, will surely achieve our goals of African unity, regional integration and Socio-economic development through sports”
On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Zarma Hassan, applauded the steadfastness of the council while urging the Africa union not to depend on government funds to carry out their mandate
“Government cannot solely and fully fund sports, I therefore call on AUSC Region 2 Secretariat to intensify it efforts in search for corporate partners and sponsorship in raising fund for its sporting activities across sub region. “
In his remark the Nigerian Senate President Dr, Abubakar Bukola Saraki who was represented by his Special Adviser on Youth and Sports Oscar Obi opined that the legislative arm of the Nigerian government was also committed to supporting the action of the AUSC with the necessary legal framework to ensure that it meets its mandate to provide the policies, structures and system adding that Africa must improve upon and adhere to global best practices in sports
Also the commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, ECOWAS Commission Dr Siga Fatima Jague expressed that the upcoming ECOWAS Games intended to promote regional integration and promote African Values would also facilitate the emergence of elite athletes from the grassroots level to global prominence.
The participating countries in this 2nd session are Senegal, Ghana, Liberia, Togo, Nigeria, Benin Republic, Niger and Guinea, at the conclusion of their deliberations, they will submit their reports to the various sport ministries of the participating countries for ratification, endorsement and approval