Sports Editors of national newspa-pers have urged the Federal Government to restructure Nigerian Sports by reviving sports in schools in addition to appointing passionate and credible persons to run the nation’s Sports Federations.
The Editors made this clarion call during the HotSports Editors Forum held at the HS Media Group’s complex in Oregun, Lagos at the weekend after carefully and painstakingly dissecting the challenges facing Team Nigeria to every international competition and identifying steps to improving performa-nces.
In a Communiqué released at the end of the high dignitary gathering, the Forum noted an unprecedentedly high turnover of Sports Ministers in Nigeria and said that in itself is an indication of wrong people in charge of this very important area of our national life.
They therefore urged the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of national urgency ensure that only knowledgeable person is made to head the Sports Ministry. The Forum also called for deliberate plans to incorporate funding from the private sector with attractive waivers so as to get corporate organisations more involved in Sports, while the Government ensures conducive environment through the provision and mainten-ance of Sports facilities.
Present at the Forum were Enefiok Udo-Obong – Olympic Gold Medalist in 4 x 4 Men’s Relay, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya – Olympic Bronze Medalist in 400m Women and Mr. Taye Ige – Chairman/CEO HS Media Group was the Chief Host