Sports minister vows, no more business as usual

Sports minister vows, no more business as usual

By Bede NNAJI

The new Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Barr Solomon Dalung, has reiterated his resolve to end impunity in the ministry, saying it is no longer business as usual.

Dalung made this known when he was a guest at the FCT Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN Week, held at the National Stadium, Abuja.

Recounting a personal experience, he said, “I was a victim of corruption in this ministry in 2002 as part of a Federal Government delegation to the Nations Cup played in Mali.

“I was told here that my allowance for the trip was Seven Thousand Dollars, but was surprised when Four Hundred Dollars was handed to me in Mali.

“This same impunity affected the players during the competition as most of them complained that they were asked to pay certain amount before they could play; a situation whereby we couldn’t use our best legs in the competition which affected our result negatively in the competition.”

He pledged not to be a minister of football, but sports in general, urging the Director General, National Sports Commission, Alhassan Yakmut, to ensure that Nigeria enrols in more games for the forthcoming Olympics in Rio, Brazil next year.

The minister also promised to personally inspect the state of sporting facilities across the country, appealing to Nigerians to eschew ethnicity and religion as there were bane to national growth and development.

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