Nigerian minister of Sports says we need private partnerships to develop sports

Mr Sunday Dare, the minister of youth and sports said the best model to develop Nigerian sports is with the assistance of private public partnerships that resounds with what is in advanced countries.

He made the statement at the weekend after he visited the Ilaji Sports Facilities in Oloyo town, Akanran, Ona Ara local government area of Oyo state.

After taking a tour of the facilities which has football pitches, handball court, table tennis hall , basketball court, golf course, gym, swimming pool, and hotel accommodation, the minister categorized the facilities as world class.

“These are world class facilities that compare with what obtains in Europe and other parts of the world where sports are serious business. You have invested so much in these facilities, you may not get the return on your investment now, but you would get it later. These facilities need to be given visibility and put to good use.”

“The federal ministry of youth and sports will be interested in partnering with you so that we can camp our athletes here with minimal distractions,” dare said.