Governor Ahmed blames poor preparation for Nigeria’s woes
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has identified inadequate preparation as a major bane of sports’ development in the country.
Speaking when Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, visited him ahead of the National Youth Games holding in the State, Ahmed suggested that Nigeria should place more emphasis on sports activities where the country has core competences and areas of strength in other to win laurels in major competitions.
“We should use sports to drive the nation into nationhood because sports is a leveler and performance based, irrespective of social and economic backgrounds of the performer,” the governor advised.
He noted that sports development was crucial for youth development as it enhances mental disposition and physical capacities to cope with life and promised that the state government would introduce inter-secondary school competitions, as part of efforts to rejuvenate sports in the state
He also promised that the indoor sports hall of the Kwara State stadium complex would be renovated to restore its status as the hub of indoor sports in the country.
Speaking earlier, the minister said the National Youth Games was designed to promote sports’ development through discovery of talents that could be nurtured for sporting excellence in the future.
According to him, the National Youth Games was designed for young Nigerians below 17 years of age in order to discover budding talents.
Dalung said through the National Youth Games, Nigeria could halt the recycling of elite athletes, which, according to him, had been a recurring episode in the last two decades.