The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will on Monday hold its Virtual Meeting of the Extraordinary National Council on Sports, the SportsBay.com reports
In a statement, the minister, Sunday Dare will engage relevant stakeholders with a view to move sports forward in the country after the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, it is expected that the Council will deliberate on the modalities on how the National Sports Festival will take place following the suspension of the Games in March.
The Council will also deliberate on the National Social Investment Programme.
Expected participants include the Deputy governor of Edo State, Rt Hon Philip Shuaibu who doubles as the Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the National Sports Festival.
Other participants include commissioners of sports across the 36 states of the federation, chairmen of the states sports commission, the states Permanent Secretaries, the General Managers of states sports council as well as the states directors of sports while inviting the general public to participate in the virtual meeting which will hold by 3pm tomorrow. To participate, log on to: [email protected] for more information.
“The National Council on Sports will look at situation surrounding it and i think at the end of this month. We are going to have a clear picture of what going to what will happen.”
He further expressed government’s desire to hold the Games this year but not until the Council comes up with their findings and decisions. And that Nigeria as a nation must be realistic with Covid19.
“You know, if you ask me what is going to happen tomorrow or next week, you know its almost impossible because we live in an uncertain time. Our desire is to hold the Games this year,” he said in a statement.
The National Sports Festival is a biennial multi-sport event organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for athletes from the 36 States of Nigeria.
The first edition started in 1973 at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State. The game was originally conceived as a unifying tool with the main purpose of promoting peace and cross-cultural affiliation in Nigeria.