As Isa Bio begins a new journey as Sports minister, former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, believes the erstwhile Transport minister should settle down to work regardless of his being ranked an outsider by some enthusiasts. Kalu who spoke in Lagos Wednesday advised the minister to put to use his experience as a former speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly and member of the Federal cabinet to move Nigerian sports to the next level.
â€œI do not see Alhaji Bio as a novice. He looks quite energetic.You do not expect such a Nigerian to be out of touch. Was he not in charge when the bill establishing the Kwara Academy was passed? Right now , we should be talking about the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.
Our athletes deserve more attention than they rae getting.It is not enough to blame them when they flop, we must also play our role as administratorsâ€, Kalu said.
The ex_governor who is also the Pillar of Sports urged the minister to convene a National sports connference that will attract the Presidency and true stakeholders to chart a new course for sports.
â€œThere is need for an enlarged Sports conference in the mould of a sovereignÂ assembly.
We have reached a point where a national emergency should be declared in sports.We seem to have forgotten about athletics, table tennis, boxing andhte academicalsâ€™â€.Kalu added.
â€œPenultimate week, Niger Republic beat our national team.A shame.Bendel Insurance hit Secteur Seven 7_1 in 1973,New Nigeria Bank hammered Jangorzo Maradi 7_0 in 1983.Losing to Mena is like Brazil slumping to Nicaraguay or England falling to Solomon Islandsâ€, he stressed.
The Pillar of Sports also wondered what went wrong with Bayelsa United in the CAF Championsâ€™ league.
â€œDid i hear you say they lost to Gazzelle of Chad?, he asked.â€Please where is Chad on the soccer map.The last i heard about that country was in 1990 when one Japhet Nâ€™Doram played in Franceâ€