By Fidelis Ebu
Nigerian sports took a knock this week when the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp has said they were no longerÂ financially buoyant to continue nurturing their various sports programmes especially with regard to sustaining the talents that they help in nurturing.
The likes of Olusoji Fasuba are on their stable. While fielding questions in a chat, the NSCDC Commandant_General, Dr Ade Abolurin said the corps does not receive any extra budgetary allocation to finance the star athletes it has been encouraging to stardom. Civil defence Corp authorities have variously been commended for their investment in sports.
They have one of the best athletics clubs in the country and they spend a lot to employ and sustain them.
â€œWe appreciativeÂ the performance of the athletes especially when they are in their formative years. We do our best to employ them and encourage them to continue with sports but the financial burden has been enormous and we are now finding it difficult to continue because we have no budgetary allocation for our sports programmes,â€ the NSCDC boss noted with some sense ofÂ responsibility.
â€œWe have been encouraging our personnel in their various chosen careers, but we are not receiving any extra budgetary allocation to cushion our expenditure. We embarked on what we are doing simply because of our interest in human and capacity building and development.
â€œOlusoji Fasuba for example should no longer be our burden. The appropriate authorities should take over from us,â€ he said. addingÂ â€œSports is a unifying factor and as such,Â it has brought about global politics. Every human being is talented, but if not properly harnessed and encouraged, will remain untapped.
â€œThe Corp is bent on tapping and encouraging youngsters in their God given talents so that they can be useful to themselves, family and the society at large without engaging in an act that could adversely affect the nationâ€, Abolurin said.
He however saidÂ that the Corps will not relent in their talent- hunt development programme and expressed hope that Nigeria will do well at the next Olympic Games for which they want to play a role.