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Ndanusa, FCT minister agree on provision of sports facilities

Efforts by the minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Engineer Sani Ndanusa to take sports in the country to the grassroots via provision of community sports development centres received a big boost yesterday in Abuja when he took the initiative to the Minister of State for the FCT, Chief Chuka Udom and was lucky to receive the necessary support.

While presenting the prototype design of the National Sports Commission, NSC, Sports Development Centre project to the FCT minister, the NSC chairman asked the Federal Capital Territory Authority to take the lead in sports development through providing sports facilities at the grassroots.

Speaking during the presentation which had the Chairmen of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, and his Kuje Area Council counterpart in attendance, Ndanusa said for Nigeria to actualize her huge potential in sports, she must take sports to the grassroots where the youths with abundant talents can be found. The minister further disclosed that the initiative for Community Sports Development Centres was borne out of the commission’s strong desire to provide standardized sports facilities in the local government areas in the country through the Public Public Partnership, PPP.

He expressed the commission’s readiness to provide the necessary equipment and technical personnel to man the sports centres once the states and local governments accept to provide the physical facilities.

In his response, the FCT minister of State, Udom said the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCTA, is determined to create the political will that will ensure that the project succeeds.

The minister noted that sports depends on talents and unless an effective machinery is put in place, no success in the key sector can be recorded.

Udom therefore promised that FCTA will give all is required to make the collaborative effort between the FCTA and NSC work not only to develop talents in sports but also bring to the barest minimum the problem of youth restiveness.

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