Minister, Perm Sec absent at 2019 NYG opening ceremony, attends book launch


The minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare failed to attend the opening ceremony of the ongoing 5th National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State

Also absent at the ceremony was the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola.

Speaking with the Director of Press, Mrs Lere Adams, the minister left for Abuja for a meeting with the Presidency and delegated a director in the ministry to stand in for him.

“He was in Ilorin on Sunday and Monday. He left on Monday afternoon to attend a meeting in Abuja with the Presidency.

“The Permanent Secretary is not around because he is attending a meeting on Tokyo 2020. But there are other directors who are standing in for them. Somebody stood in for the minister in Ilorin,” she noted.

It was however gathered that the minister attended a book launch held at the Yar Adua Center in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister also confirmed this on twitter handle where he announced his presence at the book launch.

“I am excited to be present at the public presentation of @omojuwa’s book “Digital: The New Code of Wealth”. As a new media expert, I agree that we must harness the advantages of the digital economy for empowering our youth. And it’s a collaborative effort!, he tweeted.

It will be noted that the Games kicked off with the arrival of athletes on Saturday and Sunday while the registration was completed on Monday ahead of the opening ceremony on Tuesday.  

Meanwhile, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is leading the medals table with four gold and one silver medals.

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FCT on Tuesday clinched four Gold, one Silver medals in gymnastics.

The five medals were won by Munachim Obiefuna who got gold in beam, Floor and Team performance at the Girls category, and a Silver in Vault.

Ekiti state are in second position with two gold and two silver medal, Ogun have two gold, one silver and one bronze medals while Lagos have one gold, five silver medals.


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