Russia 2018: Minister wants sufficient funds

  • Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung

Sports minister Solomon Dalung has appealed to the National Assembly to appropriate sufficient funds for sports in the 2018 budget.

Dalung said the ministry needed sufficient funds to enable the country to make a  meaningful impact at  the Commonwealth Games, the  World Cup and the FIBA World Cup for Women in Spain – all scheduled for  next year.

He said, “We all know that  Super Eagles’ qualification  for the  2018 Russia World Cup  was as a result of the  direct support from President Muhammadu Buhari who had to personally intervene at critical times.”

He said  running to the president  for financial intervention for sports might  be difficult to sustain,  considering the international sporting events lined up for 2018.

 The minister added, “A stakeholders’ dinner,  which will also include the National Assembly, state governments and all other concerned sports stakeholders,  will be organised soon  to chart  a new course of action for the  World Cup preparations.

“In fact, let’s not be deceived. There was no budgetary allocation for the  Eagles’ preparations for the World Cup in the 2017 budget.”

He urged  the house committee  on sports to key into the vision of the ministry of seeing a well-prepared  Eagles  take on the world as a major player in Africa and world football.

Dalung said, “We are not going as mere participants but as contenders with a new vision, culture and tradition of modern soccer and  a determination to make an impact at the World Cup.”

 

 

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