The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said he is fully in support of the National Sports Commission bill, adding that there is a need to return to that era after it was scrapped by the President, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in 2015.
Speaking as a guest on Sports Parliament programme hosted by Segun Odegbami on Thursday night, Dare said that he was working closely with some Federal lawmakers to move the bill from an executive one to a member bill.
He said, “Yes, beyond the Nigeria Football Federation bill that is waiting assent from the President, there is also the sports commission bill. I am in full support of it and it has gone through the first reading.
“When it existed, you saw the technical depth and professionalism that was brought to bear, and the minister was left to take care of policies and a few other things.”
He further said, “I think we need to return to that era; I am not a minister that is adverse to it and in fact I have been working with some lawmakers and we are trying to look at moving it from being an executive bill to being a member bill so that it can go faster, but I am in full support of it.”
The sports minister added that he was already in contact with various state governors on the need to have sports commissions.
“I know that the last state that had a sports commission was Imo State and we are still counting. I have been engaging some of the governors directly; I was with Governors Kayode Fayemi and Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday (Wednesday); the way to go is to have state sports commissions. I think when we have commissions all over the country, then we can now work on the same page and work on a template that works.”