The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has declared that young talented athletes should get quality education as they participate in sports.
He stated this during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) between the Ministry and Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC) on the 100% scholarship given to 20 Nigerian students in five different sports.
Mr Dare said one needs education to be a good sportsman, and so the ministry’s focus is on the growth of our youths, to nurture them now that they are young, more so being the future of the Nation, with a view to grassroots development and education.
“I can see our future sports men and women in these children and we must invest in them with our collaboration with NTIC. We believe this investment must fly” the Minister added.
To this end, the Minister hopes other similar organizations will embrace this same plan and partner with the Ministry, to get more of our talented youngsters on the right path.
In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Gabriel Aduda stated that the occasion is for the Ministry to pursue and fulfill its mandate on the development of young talents in promoting sports and education side by side, as one cannot be independent of the other.
Earlier, the Managing Director, NTIC, Mr. Feveollah Bilgin commended the Ministry for the opportunity given to the school to sponsor the students in collaboration with the Ministry.
“This collaboration humbles us to provide scholarship for the 14 students, we are honoured and very privileged, as the NTIC Sports Academy is to train and develop the talents by giving them quality education, sound training with the help of the ministry, he said.
There is ongoing plan to incorporate the remaining six students that make up the 20 students.
One of the students, Favour Ajah Ndubisi, who plays Taekwando 50kg, and Nigerian Champion gave the vote of thanks on behalf of other students, promising that they will do their best to make the Ministry and the Country proud.
The Hon. Minister presented the school Admission Letters to the students at the event.