SWAN appeals to NASS on sports budget

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has asked the National Assembly to seriously consider the issues raised by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in advocating for the 2022 budget and to work closely with the ministry to achieve articulation. goals for sports development in Nigeria.

SWAN President Honor Sirawoo made the statement in reaction to the minister’s defense of the budget in the National Assembly, noting that he was very honest and punctual in his proposals.

“Sunday Dare was very honest in his presentation. Over the years, we have seen that the sports budget has been too insufficient to truly drive the development of the sector, ”reads a press release from SWAN Secretary General Jude Opara.

“We have often heard athletes complain about the lack of funds to properly prepare for and attend international events. There have also been problems with the payment of fees. The bottom line is that the ministry does not get the budget to meet several critical needs. There are more than 40 sports disciplines for which the ministry is challenged to provide facilities, equipment, train and pay coaches, finance teams to attend international events.

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“We cannot continue in this way. Sport is a critical social sector and we must invest enough in it if we want to realize all its benefits in employment, business and the attraction of private and foreign direct investment.

“Perhaps the real solution will be in the establishment of a National Sports Trust Fund that offers sports from red ribbons. This would be a function of the well-organized collaboration of the public and private sectors. But before that, the government has to contribute much more.

“The Minister also spoke about the repositioning of our local leagues. We have allowed foreign leagues to take over our fans, as well as our brands and corporate sponsors. It is not just a fault of the sports federations and the ministry alone. While there should be a reengineering of structures and administration, we also need to increase the participatory capacity of complementary sectors such as broadcasting, incentive brands and the business community.

“We are encouraged that the Minister is advocating for a critical shift in approach to funding and organization and all hands, from executives to the legislature to the corporate community, must be on deck together to achieve the desired end. We can make sport an important factor in our economy, but we have to invest more to shape it more effectively. “

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