… SWAN calls for inclusion on NSC board
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has stated conditions that must be met before the National Sports Commission can return.
Dare made this observation during the public hearing for the Bill to return the National Sports Commission and establish the National Sports Commission and the Federal Sports University, Nkalagu Ebonyi state.
“Let me thank the chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports and all the Committee members on behalf of all sports-loving Nigerians for undertaking this public hearing. It demonstrates your interest in the development of sports in our country.
“But beyond that interest is the commitment to see that necessary actions and legislations are in place to guide sports development in Nigeria. Amending the existing Decree 34 of 1971 which is still subsisting or promising a new bill are possible options”.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter, Bunmi Haruna has called for the inclusion of the body on the National Sports Commission (NSC) board during his presentation at the public hearing on the bill.
“Those who should have a say in sports should be part of the National Sports Commission, NSC. Hence, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) should be included in the board.
“The importance of the NSC is such that we cannot resort to not include the body that acts as a bridge between the sportsmen, administrators, the people and invariably the private sector in it. Sports is business and SWAN is the vehicle on which it is sold, so neglecting SWAN in the composition of the NSC is omitting an important part of the commission,” he said.
He also believes it is of great importance to smoothen the relationship between the director general of the commission and minister of Sports to foster better working atmosphere between both parties.
“We also observe that the power tussle between the Minister and the Director General, NSC was largely responsible for the scraping of the commission the last time.
“So there is great need for a clear demarcation of the duties of these principal officers in the new look NSC.”
He also applauded the bills initiative muted by the National Assembly on the establishment of the NSC and a sports university in Ebonyi state.