The Nigerian government is making conscious efforts to ensure sports activities are revived in Public Primary and Secondary Schools as well as in approved Private Schools in the country.
The Minister of Youth and Sports development, Mr Sunday Dare said this when he appeared on Voice of Nigeria News and Current Affairs programme IN THE NEWS.
Mr Dare said the ministry is partnering with the private sector to revive school sports competition such as the headmaster’s cup that in the past was used in discovering budding talents in Nigeria.
“We have seen that because we departed from grassroots sports development virtually the key area’s where we held swift in the past, we are no longer in that category at the top because we no longer have the young talents that will grow over time and become our elite athletes. So on our part we have started a programme called the talent hunt programme which is a deliberate effort to hunt and identify talent, but beyond that we have signed an MOU with a private developer to bring back headmasters cup and also introduced for the first time principal cup, so from the headmaster cup and principal cup we can discover new brand of talents,” the Minister explained.
Mr Dare also said that the Ministry of youth and sports would be partnering with the Education Ministry to revive inter-schools competitions at local governments, states and federal levels.
He stated that youth development was central to the success of his ministry.
“We are already thinking outside the box as you can see sports is already being taking out of the back pages to the front pages with positive news,” he added.