Why Nigerian sport teams are not doing well – Danagogo

Why Nigerian sport teams are not doing well – Danagogo
August 23 23:20 2016

Former Minister of Sports, Dr Tamuno Danagogo has identified lack of political will to implement the brilliant blueprint available to government, as the bane of sports development in Nigeria.

Danagogo said in Port Harcourt on Tuesday that as a minister, he met
a well documented programme for sports development.

He said those saying that there was no plan for sports
development in the country, might have not had the
opportunity to see the document.

According to Danagogo, after Nigeria`s bad outing in the
2012 London Olympics, former President Goodluck Jonathan
convened a national sports summit, which brought
together everyone that mattered in sports.

“They proffered solutions. They came up with modalities,
blueprints, plans and programmes on what to do to
develop sports.

“The document contained plan for grassroots sports
development, a sustained and well structured stream of
income for sports,
even camping (local and foreign) preparations for
competitions.

“We are not lacking in plans and programmes. The
document I met is bigger than Chambers dictionary. What
we are lacking is implementation,” he said.

Danagogo said it was worrisome that money meant for
preparation of athletes in Nigeria would always be
released a week or few days to any competition.

He said the avoidable situation had continued unabated
and wondered why things should be like this.
“As a Minister, I proposed a “Sports development Fund’’,
where we will invite stakeholders in the country and
business men that have been supporting sports to
contribute whatever they to support sports.

“The government, sports and business community were
all expected to make contributions. The chairman of the
trust fund will be highest private donor and the Minister of
Sports as vice,” he said.

Danagogo said a fund management company would have
managed it, with the Director General of the then National
Sports Commission (NSC), as a member.

He said other members would be drawn from
stakeholders, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria
(SWAN), sports heroes and heroines.

(NAN)