7 July 2021 By James Itodo
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has called for an independent National Sports Commission (NSC) to develop the sector.
He made the call during a Public Hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Sports and Youths Development chaired by Sen. Obinna Ogba.
The hearing was on two bills: The National Sports Commission Establishment Bill, 2020 and the Federal Sports University, Nkalagu, Ebonyi Establisment Bill, 2020.
The Minister insisted that the nation must set up a commission that is contemporary to develop sports in a deliberate form from what was previously obtained.
Dare said that 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).
He further said that the ministry was working with stakeholders in the industry to give Nigeria a new sports policy.
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, Philip Aduda, called for the right governance and policy framework to develop the sports sector in the country.