After a dismal Team Nigeria performance at the just concluded 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has admitted that the federal government may have blundered in its decision to scrap the National Sports Commission (NSC).
Dalung, who harped on the return of the NSC disclosed that the National Sports Commission (NSC) will be returned because it has a role to play in the new sports architecture of Nigeria being proposed to move sports forward.
The minister made this known on an NTA Network Programme, Tuesday Live while responding to questions on the scrapping of the National Sports Commission.
Dalung explained that a technical committee was set up to streamline the merging of Youth and Sports of which he was not part of.
“The NSC was scrapped when I was appointed minister of Youth and Sports. The merging of two ministries to become one led to the establishment of a technical committee to merge the ministries. What came out of the report of the committee was just a briefing. The committee had already decided to merge the ministry independent of the minister but the popular opinion was that the minister scrapped NSC”.
He however, opined that for the ministry to get it right in sports development, it must go back to the foundation of sports which is the grassroots.
“We have to restructure our sports architecture where government will concentrate on investing grants on talents or grassroots sports development while the elite sports will be left for the Federations and professionalism”.
The minister however promised that shortly, the ministry will revisit the architecture of sports in Nigeria to ensure that it serves the passion of Nigerians against all these issues.