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Onigbinde Pleads For Resourceful Sports Minister

Posted: Oct 4, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo, Lagos

Two times Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has demanded for a resourceful sports minister from President Buhari.



The Modakeke high chief noted that until government appoints a thoroughly breed Sports Minister, who understands the practical aspect of his job, the nation would continue to group in the dark.

According to him, the sports minister he expected, “Is one that will deviate a little from what it has been in the past. In the past, we have had all sorts of characters as sports minister.

“Those appointed in the past were all said to be gentlemen, but when it comes to relevance in terms of experience and knowledge, they fell short of expectations. I hope this time around the president will look for someone, who has a thorough sporting background to handle that ministry.

“It takes more than a sport academician; it requires a lot of practical experience. If I had a PhD in Physical Education, the experience in administration may not be there. I hope the president will look into that area, look for someone, who will be able to share his wealth of experience with Nigeria and move Nigeria’s sports forward.”

Onigbinde added that he had been talking about sports development for the past 50 years, regretting that the previous administrations have not paid any meaningful attention to that sector.

“People don’t know that sports can be used to solve a lot of Nigeria’s problems. For example, crime in this country is juvenile oriented, juvenile centred and massive application of sports will take some of these youths off our streets. And in this case, one would have solved a lot of problems. Problems of cultism, drug addiction, armed robbery etc. All these crimes would have been reduced to appreciable level.

Another one is that, for instance, nobody has ever come out to say that sports has no positive effect on one’s health; rather, it is the other way round. Sports will enhance good health and if you can encourage participation in sports, this means we are going to have healthier citizens. And that one in itself would have a multiple effect.