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Minister pledges to tackle funding challenge in sports



Sen. John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports Development, has pledged to tackle funding challenge in sports in the country.

Enoh made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a technical meeting with federations ahead of the 13th African Games in Ghana from March 8 to March 24.

The Minister said funding has always been a challenge in the development of sports in the country, and that relying wholly on government for funds was no longer tenable.

“The challenge of funds in sports has been in existence for so long and every day we keep talking about it.

“I am determined to solve that challenge even if we have to go ahead and amend existing laws to see what provisions these laws can make to fund our sports.

“Depending solely on the yearly appropriation from government can never be a solution, meaning there must be a way out of it.

”Also coming from a background where I chaired and worked in a finance committee at the Senate and House of Representatives, I have a determination and commitment to see how we can end and tackle this challenge.

“If by the end of this year, I am still going to go back, depending on government for 100 per cent funding for the Ministry, then it means that there is more that is required to be done,” he said.

The Minister urged and encouraged the federations to push for podium finish at the Games, where Nigeria will be participating in 23 sports and three demonstration sports.

Ijeoma Okigbo

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