The minister of sports, Sunday Dare said he is fully in support of the National Sports Commission bill. Sunday Dare stated this at the Sports Parliament program hosted by Segun Odegbami on Thursday night.
Dare explained that he is working closely with some Federal lawmakers to move the bill from an executive one to a member bill.
He said, “Yes, beyond the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) bill that is waiting for ascent from the President, there is also the sports commission bill. I am in full support of it and it has gone through the first reading.
“When it existed, you saw the technical depth, professionalism that was brought to bear and the minister was left to take care of policy and a few other things”.
He further said, “I think we need to return to that era; I am not a minister that is adverse to it and in fact I have been working with some lawmakers and we are trying to look at moving it from been an executive bill to been a member bill so that it can go faster but I am in full support of it”.
The sports minister said he has been engaging various state governors on the need to have sports commission adding that it will aide better working policy with the Federal Ministry of Sports.
Dare said, “I know that the last state that had a sports commission was Imo state and we are still counting. I have been engaging some of the governors directly; I was with Governors Fayemi and Akeredolu yesterday; the way to go is have state sports commissions. I think when we have commissions all over the country, and then we can now work on the same page and work on a template that works”.