Nigeria’s 35th Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Friday took an inspection tour of the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Dare, who was newly sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday had promised to reinvent the sporting industry in Nigeria.
Speaking during the inspection tour, Dare said Nigeria will see the Super Eagles play in the stadium soon.
“We are going to be innovative to see how we can get extra funding, and how we can privatize the football pitch.
“I don’t want to put a timeline, but it’s sufficient to say that is right at the top of our agenda, because we know it taking sometime and Nigerians are interested to See Super Eagles play in Abuja, the stadium will be ready soon.
I’m going to be a minister for youth development and sports development. I understand that soccer is loved by most Nigerians, but in the same breath badminton cycling, Tennis and other sports will all get equal attention.
“We will find a way to make sure that beyond football we will also get others sports up to speed.
Speaking further, Dare said reiterated his commitment to developing sports in Nigeria while expressing his satisfaction at Africa’s only velodrome.
“The fact that the velodrome is functionally, that is what we should expect from all the facilities around the stadium, and other facilities in the country.
“We committed to youths and sports development; we have been charged to look for innovative ways to be able to generate funds for our ministry,” he concluded.