Like they are saying, “how time flies!” It’s already three years since Sunday Dare’s emergence as Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sports activities Growth. Three years in the past, the honourable Minister was saddled with the twin accountability of taking good care of the sports activities sector, simply because the vigour of the youthful inhabitants.
In three years, Sunday Dare has led from the entrance, in facilitating sports activities growth in any respect ranges and catalyzing Nigeria to record-breaking feats in sports activities.
Simply plenty of weeks in the past, Nigeria posted its greatest ever efficiency within the historical past of the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham. Group Nigeria received 12 Gold, 9 Silver and 14 Bronze Medals. Within the run as much as the Video games, Sunday Dare reiterated on quite a few events the necessity for Nigerian athletes to compete and ship podium performances and never simply make up the numbers. This was achieved, as a scientific course of was initiated by the minister to deal with sports activities the place the nation had comparative benefit.
Moreso, on the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo, Nigeria broke a 13-year report with its Silver and Bronze Medal win, whereas additionally successful 4 Gold, one silver and 7 Bronze medals on the Paralympic Video games.
As a part of the mechanism put in place to carry the very best out of Nigerian athletes, the Minister initiated the Undertake-an-Athlete Programme, which has supplied grants for over 45 athletes from company our bodies and people. Athletes resembling Oluwatobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume and so forth have benefitted from the initiative whereas the Nationwide Basketball groups loved $5000,000 grants.
One other programme, this time, to rejuvenate sports activities infrastructures within the nation is the Undertake-a-Facility initiative to rejuvenate and reinvigorate sports activities infrastructures within the nation. This programme led to the revamping of the Moshood Abiola Nationwide Stadium, which has now been accepted by each FIFA and CAF. Since its reopening, the ability in has hosted the Senior Nationwide Males’s and Ladies’s Group (Tremendous Eagles and Tremendous Falcons), the Flying Eagles (U-20 Boys), Falconets (U-20 Ladies), The Golden Eaglets (U-17 Boys), in addition to The Flamingoes (U-17 Ladies). Different services such because the Nationwide Stadium, Surulere, Daura Township Stadium, Liberty Stadium, Ibadan are additionally benefitting from the scheme.
The Nationwide Principal’s Cup has unearthed virtually a technology of tremendous stars for the nation but it surely went into comatose for 25 years. Sunday Dare’s grassroots growth drive led to the revival of the Principal’s Cup in 2021, encompassing totally different Sports activities for faculties from all geo-political zones of the nation.
Moreover, in a bid to make sports activities profitable and worthwhile, Sunday Dare pushed for the reclassification of sports activities as a enterprise. This has been accepted by the Federal Government Council. The minister has regularly refined Nigeria’s sporting stability, signing MoUs with Spain, Turkey, Portugal et al, to comparatively juxtapose Nigerian sports activities with essentially the most refined on the worldwide area.
The Nationwide Sports activities Competition, the Nationwide Youth Video games, Expertise Hunt Programmes are a couple of amongst many different programmes altering the narrative for Nigerian grassroots sports activities growth, which has loved unwaivering consideration and assist from the minister, on account of his unbridled dedication for growth.
Welfare of athletes has additionally remained a prime precedence for Sunday Dare, for the reason that inception of his tenure. Via the Athletes’ Welfare Scheme, athletes renumeration for medal winners climbed to an unprecedented 300%.
Residing no strand of doubt, it has been three years of a progressive trajectory for sports activities within the nation. Soccer on the grassroot degree has thrived in some ways with tangible successes recorded (the final of which have been recorded on the WAFU B junior championships).
With much more reforms set to be finalized, one can solely increase a thumb, maybe two thumbs to a quintessential chief, who has laid down the gauntlet and has passionately pursued success in his sector. Cheers to extra success, Nigeria.