Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: NSC Meets in Accra to Solve Sports Problems

Top officials of the Ministry of Sports had a two-day retreat in Accra, Ghana to channel a new path for the country's Sports sector.

The Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi revealed this while speaking with Nigeria's sports writers at the 'Holiday Inn' venue of the retreat.

"The retreat gives me an opportunity to communicate my vision and my strategy plan to the senior staff of the Ministry."

"What we are doing here is to set the agenda about what Sports Commission want to achieve in the next two years, medium plans and long term", he noted.

Top in the agenda was the streamlining of the Ministry's supports for sports federations in the country.

The Minister retreated that the country would no longer invest its scarce resources in sporting events that earns the country few or no medals in international competitions.

"One of the issues we have discuss in this meeting was how to prioritise the kind of sports we develop in this country. I can say athletes is at the top of the agenda."

Mallam Abdullahi maintained that: "What we are aiming at ultimately, is a situation where some of these sports will be self sustaining."

Stadium management

The Minister also revealed that a workable model on how to effectively improve and manage the National stadia in the country ranked high in their agenda.

The Senate recently decried the state of the country's national stadia, calling on authorities to find urgent and lasting solutions.

The Chairman of the NSC said at the end of the retreat, the Ministry would have come up a model that will help uplift the country's stadia.

Present also at the retreat were, the Director-General of the Commission, Patrick Ekeji, Mobolaji Ojooba, all the Directors in the Ministry and other top officers.

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