Dalung woos sponsors

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has said the private sector must come into sports sponsorship in the country to help the government.

Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung
Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung

Dalung, who addressed  a press conference in Lagos on Sunday, said  the ministry was out  to engage youths  in the country through sports from the grassroots.

“Nigerians should understand that the direction for sports in the country has to change from a total reliance on the government to that of private sponsorship,” he said.

“The ministry is currently working to ensure that what obtains in other countries happens  in Nigeria as well. We cannot continue to rely heavily on the government  to fully fund sports. That is why we are working  to create an enabling environment for the private sector to come in and develop sports from the grassroots.

“The various sports federations  have to seek alternative sources of funding their programmes and competitions. That doesn’t mean the government will not help when necessary,  but the ministry has to be notified early for that to happen.”

Dalung, who lamented the inability of the country to hold the biennial National Sports Festival since 2012, said the ministry would ensure that the event holds next year.

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