OrderPaperToday – The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has thrown his support for a bill seeking establishment of National Sports Commission.
He made this known on Thursday during during a public hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Sports and Youths Development, chaired by Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi).
The minister also said that the ministry is in need of an independent sports agency to develop the sector.
He said: “We must set up a commission that is contemporary, one that can develop our sports in a deliberate way and radically depart from what we have before.
“The sports commission currently envisaged must be restructured in a way that would make it capable of doing the work of repositioning the agenda such as the ministry had mapped out in the National Sports Industry Policy (NSIP).
“This is because we must depart from the narrow definition of the job description. The ministry was working with stakeholders in the industry to give Nigeria a new sports policy.
“As a ministry, we have been working with critical stakeholders to deliver for our country a new sport industry policy, christened, the Nigerian Sports Industry Policy (NSIP).
“This, we hope to change the scope of our sports development. It is our intent to build a business model around sports in Nigeria so that we can be on the same path like North America, Europe and other climes.”
Declaring the hearing open, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said that sports had become a tool of influence and commercial endeavour.
Lawan who was represented by Senate Minority Whip, Sen. Philip Aduda, called for the right governance and policy framework to develop the sector.
The hearing was on two bills: The National Sports Commission Establishment Bill, 2020 and the Federal Sports University, Nkalagu, Ebonyi Establisment Bill, 2020.