In order to provide the National Institute for Sports (NIS) with effective governance and policy direction in accordance with the enabling legislation that founded it, the federal government has sworn in the new board members.
Sunday Dare, the honourable minister of sports and youth development, inaugurated the board yesterday in his office in Abuja and urged them to use their wealth of experience to ensure that the institute’s objective and mandate were carried out.
The National Sports Industry Policy (NSIP), which allows for private sector participation in sports as a business and not just for enjoyment, was recently approved, he continued, thus the funding challenge and other related difficulties pertaining to sporting events in Nigeria will no longer be an issue.
“Your role as a board is explicit, to move National Institute for Sports in the direction of modality much beyond the reputation of NIS before now.” Dare said.
He informed that though efforts are ongoing to establish the first university of sports in the country, the institute till then, remains the nation’s sports institution that needs credibility of examination process to ensure its certificate is fully recognised.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, called on the Board Members to partner with relevant institutions and stakeholders in order to realise the mission and vision of the institute.
He assured that the ministry will continue to support the board to ensure it succeeds in the discharge of its mandate.
Responding, the Board Chairman, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim gave the assurance that they will bring in their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring the realisation of the institute’s mandate.