Newly appointed minister, Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Akin Dare has challenged stakeholders in the ministry to brace up for the work ahead.
Speaking during the brief welcome in his office, the new sports minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing him as a minister while urging staffs of the ministry and parastatals under the ministry to brace up for the tasks ahead.
“I’m excited to be here today. I thank the President, Muhammadu Buhari for appointing me minister of Youths and Sports Development of our country.
“The work starts now so let’s get ready, let’s roll up our sleeves and let’s work together as a team. The President’s agenda stands on three legs – security, reviving the economy and fight against corruption. And at the center of that is lifting 100m Nigerians in 10 years out of poverty.
He further said sports cannot be separated from youths and as such, he will be thinking out of the box to develop the youths.
“Youth development is key to the success of any government. We have youths, we have sports. our mandate area is very clear, we must broaden our horizons, we must deepen the work we do and quality of work we bring to the table.
“I’m not unaware of the challenges, controversies and development in this ministry. It’s a ministry that is dear to the hearts of Nigerians. Beyond sports, there are other ways we can develop the youths. We will be thinking outside the box.
“We will also find a way of taking sports out of the back pages to front pages with positive news. The media is an integral part of the sports and I thank the media for the work they have done. I will be relying on you heavily again as we start this work together.
“I intend to strengthen the intra-ministerial collaboration. We will go to ministry we can work together with, pull resources together and see what we can do.
Dare also said work begins immediately on the 2020 Budget which must be submitted to the National Assembly before the September deadline.
“September is now the deadline for submitting our budget, so beginning from Friday, we will look at it and get the budget ready. So there is work to be done,” he declared.
In his own remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola has said the minister will be put through the inner workings of the ministry.
“We will provide you details of the structure of the ministry as we engage further.
“Everyone in the ministry has been looking forward to your arrival and are committed to working with you to ensure the level the ministry has attained is taken to the next level in order to achieve,” he said.
He then proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos. He was a Freedom Forum Fellow and Visiting Scholar, School of Journalism – New York University (NYU) in 1998.
He later proceeded to Harvard University under the prestigious Harvard Nieman Journalism Fellowship between 2000 and 2001 where he studied Media and Public Policy.
He served as the Chief of Staff / Special Adviser on media to former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He was appointed Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Information and Communications.
He served as Chief, Hausa Service, African Division at Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, DC between 2001 to 2009.
He has over two decade of journalism experience spanning over 25 years before 2016 when he was appointed as Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) before his recent appointment.