By: Adetokunbo Fakeye
The Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon Sunday Dare has announced that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will collaborate with the Infrastructure and Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to accelerate the process of upgrade and maintenance of our Stadia and sporting facilities across the country.
Dare hinted this when a delegation from the Infrastructure and Concession Regulatory Commission held a strategy meeting with him in his office in Abuja.
According to a statement by Mr. Ramon Balogun, Assistant Director, Press in the Ministry, the Hon. Minister asserted that the Ministry will forge a strong and viable working relationship with the ICRC to explore all possible options of revitalizing, upgrading and maintenance of our national sporting edifice- the stadia in Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, National Stadium Lagos, Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, Obafemi Awolowo stadium Ibadan among others.
While emphasizing the necessity of getting it right with the assistance of the ICRC, Hon. Sunday Dare stressed that with the political will of this administration, the Stadia will be revamped through the introduction of adoption policy and employment of the concession process and injection of Public-Private Partnership, which is crucial to generate employment, wealth creation and liberate our youth from social vices.
“The discussion with the ICRC is very timely, will strengthen the partnership between the Ministry and the agency… To bring back on stream our Stadia …”, the Minister said.
Responding, the Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, Engr. Chidi Iwuzah stated that the agency is willing and ready to partner and collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, to realize it’s urgent Corporate goal and objective of revamping the sporting facilities across the country.
Engr Iwuzah in his submission, restated the overreaching importance of Sports to Social and Economic Development of our Youths, adding, a revitalized sporting arena will keep our youths busy and entrench peace in our societies.
Besides, the Director-General of ICRC stressed that the Public-Private Partnership is crucial to the next level agenda of transforming and lifting the youths out of Poverty.