The Nigerian Senate has initiated a bill for the establishment of a Sports University, as part of efforts to fully develop the sports sector in Nigeria.
Just as practiced in other developed countries, the Senators believe that sports can only be truly developed in the country when things are addressed properly.
The bill for the establishment of a Sports University in Nigeria, is aimed at ensuring that the right people are put in place in the sports sector which is very critical for the country’s development as a nation, given the frustrating way sports is being managed in Nigeria.
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This was disclosed by Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday in Abuja, while hosting the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
“Sports is vital in the social development of every nation and Nigeria cannot be an exception. Our main challenge is in the area of sports administration and we must begin to put in place those things that can help us to achieve our full potentials.
“It is very embarrassing to here every now and then that our athletes were stranded or that we could not register for competitions due to lack of money.”
The Senate President disclosed that the Senate has been working on two important bills for the repealing of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and that of the National Sports Commission (NSC) laws using every legal legislative process and as soon as possible the NFF bill will be amended.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has also expressed the readiness of the National Assembly to support the Nigerian Air Force in the development and deployment of Made-In-Nigeria technology in its operations.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, on Tuesday in Abuja, Saraki gave the pledge in his remarks as the Guest of Honour at the Nigerian Air Force Research and Development competition and exhibition held in Kaduna.
Saraki said Nigeria must maximize the applicability of the cutting edge designs that are on display today — and the countless others that we have neglected over the years, in order to address the country’s current security challenges and advance Nigeria’s military technology.