We need private partnership to develop sports -Dare

The Minister  of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has declared that the best model to developing   Nigerian  Sports is through  private public partnerships  that resonates with  what obtains in advanced countries. 

The minister  made this assertion  over the weekend after he visited   the Ilaji  Sports facilities at Oloyo town Akanran, Ona Ara Local Government  Area of Oyo State which he described  as world class.
Speaking after  a tour of the facilities  which has football  pitches, hand ball court, table Tennis  hall , basketball court, golf course, gym, swimming pool, and hotel  accommodation , the minister  said” These are world class facilities  that compare  with  what obtains in Europe and other parts of the world where sports is serious  business. You have invested so much in these facilities,  you may not get the return  on your investment  now, but you  would get it later.

These facilities need to be given visibility  and put to good use. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports  will  be interested  in partnering  with  you so that we can camp our athletes here with minimal distractions”
Mr  Dare averred that ” I will soon  be sending some of my directors here  on a tour to  inspect  the facilities.  The ministry  would be willing  to partner with you for the benefit  of our sports. This is in line with our public, private partnership  and new  sports industry Policy. If we have twenty other Nigerians like you  doing this, then we can  experience rapid sports development that will groom athletes and bring return on investment”.

In his response, the proprietor  of Ilaji Sports Resort Engineer  Dotun Sanusi said ” I feel humbled to  have you visit our facilities. This is our little contribution  to building future  stars for our country. We are ready and available  to partner  with the ministry  of Youth and Sports Development  so that these facilities  can be put to good use. We have an academy where players from ages 4- 25  train by weekend. Our vision is to produce future stars  for our national teams and those that would also play in Europe. We are still expanding and believe  that Nigerian  sports can benefit  from our noble initiative “

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