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Nigeria, Italy's Chamber of Commerce sign sports deal
L-R: Director of Grassroot Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Alhaji Bode Durotoye; an official of the Melon Production; Director of Melon Production Ltd. Chief S. O Alabi; the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare and Special Adviser to the President on Sports, Daniel Amokachi

Nigeria, Italy’s Chamber of Commerce sign sports deal

… Ministry partners Melon Production Ltd for Principal’s Cup

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has gone into a bilateral sports agreement with Italy’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in a bid to create opportunities for youth through sports.

This agreement was sealed by the President of Italy-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Mr. Silvano Bellinato and Vice President Olajide Ogodan during a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare in Abuja on Tuesday.

In his remarks, the Minister said “Your visit is timely and very important to the mandate of the Ministry knowing fully well Italy just won the Euro 2020 days ago. I watched the match and saw great football artistry displayed at the expense of the Home Team England.

“We will ensure that we take this relationship to the next level. Italy is renowned for football, basketball and other sports. It is part of the clear mandate of the Ministry to engage our youth through sports”.

The Bilateral relationship will focus on establishment and support of existing Academies; Italy- Nigeria football tournaments; exchange of players; training of coaches, referees, kits and equipment franchise.

According to the President of the Italy-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Mr. Silvano Bellinato “Nigeria is a sports nation and we deem it fit to partner with the most populous Black Nation in the world. Just within one week, Nigeria defeated USA; the world no 1 in Basketball and Argentina; World no. 4”

The MOU will be prepared to guide the two countries with details and focus of responsibility clearly stated.

In the same vein, the ministry has gone into a partnership agreement with Melon Production Ltd for the organisation of the second edition of the National Principal’s Cup.

Melon Production Ltd emerged headline partner following their success in the organisation of the just concluded Maltina Schools Games.

According to the Director of Grassroot Development of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Alhaji Bode Durotoye “The National Principal’s Cup is a baby of the Ministry aimed at producing young talents that will do Nigeria proud in the future. The Last edition was abridged because we just revived it, but this edition is scaling up to accommodate more schools for a longer duration.”

While Commending Melon Production Ltd, the Director said: “This partnership is a very good opportunity for us to work together following their success in handling the Maltina school games. We hope to achieve our goals in the forthcoming National Principal’s Cup which we are hoping to start by September.”

In his response, Director of Melon Production Ltd. Chief S. O Alabi affirmed “This is a development that will bring improvement to grass root sports and football in particular. We are confident by next year, alot of talents would have been discovered and this partnership would be seen as a blessing not only to the Ministry but to the Nation at large.”

“We want to re-awaken sleeping, Young talents by catching them young because Nigeria has talents in abundance, but the problem has been discovering them “, Alabi concluded.

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