NIGERIA’S SPORTS MINISTRY: IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
Widely known as the most populous black nation in Africa majorly for feats on the international scene, Nigeria hence boasts a wealth of talent not only in other spheres of endeavour but mostly in the sports sector. The sporting sector has brought huge glory and recognition to the country as her sportsmen and women have competed and won laurels both individually and as a team for her.
Such achievements include: the gold medal won by the nation’s men’s football team at the 1996 Olympic games in USA, Chioma Ajunwa’s gold medal in long jump at the same tournament, the gold medal won by the men’s 4 ×400 team at the 2008 olympics in China, the 2013 AFCON triumph by the national football team amongst others. She has also successfully hosted international competitions such as the 2000 AFCON tournament, the All Africa Games in 2003, U-17 World Cup in 2009 and many others.
However, over the years there has been a steady decline in the country’s sports sector, largely due to poor management at all levels by the sports ministry. Unearthing sporting talents is not a priority anymore as is investing in the sector and its lot. Poor preparation for international tournaments and the sheer lack of sporting facilities and its management also contributes to the problem.
Despite the benefits of sports mostly as a unifying factor, especially in this climes, the lack of enthusiasm from the ministry and all other bodies concerned towards actualizing this goal presents a bewildering, if not barmy situation. Additionally, the lack of interest in other sports from the ministry further paints an unsavory picture.
Today is International Day of Sports for Development and Peace and on today’s edition of Morning Crossfire, Wemimo, Dapo and Rotimi are joined on the phone by Olajide Bolarinwa (Sports Anchor and Analyst, Femi and The Gang) to look at Nigerian sports and its impact on development and peace.