Abuja – Sports Minister Tamuno Danagogo on Tuesday in Abuja said he would rather study what he met on ground and improve upon it than try to change what was on ground.
Speaking to newsmen, Danagogo said he had just found out that he did not immediately need to change what has been the established order.
The Minister, who is also the Chairman of the National Sports commission (NSC) said he would not impose his ideas and plans for now.
“I have just been handed over to yesterday (Monday). I have been studying things, and I have discovered that we need to come up with a holistic and robust plan for sports in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Danagogo who assumed duties last week however said his immediate plans were to see how to develop and encourage all sports, in view of the country’s loaded sports calendar for 2014.
“We have so many activities, especially on the world stage, and it will not be all that good to try to change so many things immediately.
“Luckily, we have the High Performance Team working and a lot of things are moving on.
“So, our first target is to see how to consolidate on what is on ground.
“There are series of action lined up for the year, and we want to make sure we go and come back with laurels.
“We will properly concretise what is on ground in terms of preparations, and then go on to win laurels.
“We have about 10 events to attend on the world stage and we have to make sure we get the best out of them,’’ he said.
The Sports Minister said he had been monitoring the flamingoes, the country’s national under-17 women football team, who are in Costa Rica for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
“The NSC management has met with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) leadership and we have been monitoring the team adequately. But all is all about motivating them well.
“We are already doing this, and we will do this well and to the highest point so as to get the best out of them to achieve the highest level of success at the competition,’’ he said.(NAN)