By Ime Bassey
In view of President Goodluck Jonathan’s submission of the 2012 budget last week to the National Assemble, in which no consideration was again given to sports as the presidency’s key attention for the year, former Bauchi State Sports Commissioner Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro and CAF technical committee member, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde have expressed their pain on the little attention given to sports in the budget.
Speaking separately to Sunday Vanguard Sports, they both called on the sports ministry to duly inform the presidency of its enabling power to change the futures of the nation.
“The president took his stand on the budget with a view of the growing tension in the country’s insecurity and economic down-turn. That is why he placed high priority on defence and economic growth even to the detriment of agriculture and education.
“Sports not getting its desired attention, I want to believe, is caused by the less cohesion between the Sports Ministry and Sports Commission. The Sports Ministry is supposed to be a policy making body while the Sports Commission is its technical parastatal.
Because they have not been fine tuned, it is causing poor sports development,” Alhaji Toro said. He advised the sports commission to liaise with both the Senate and House committees on Sports to get sports to be treated well in the budg t
“They still have time to romance with the two committees on sports to help in making sure that sports get good allocation,” Alhaji Toro added.
On his part, Chief Onigbinde cried over the gap which the sports ministry and its commission have created in failing to inform the presidency of its department’s enormous strength in changing the precarious state of the nation by way of empowering the youth.
“The continuous attention on sports only for competitions and not for developmental exercises will never bring into spotlight its usefulness. And because it has not been seen as a tool for economic growth and defence mechanisms, the presidency can’t pay attention to it in its budget.