THE Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh, has called for public-private partnerships to fast-track the development of sports in Nigeria.
The minister made the call on Thursday in Abuja when board members of the Sports Performance Reward Fund (SPRF), led by its president, Musa Kida, paid him a courtesy visit.
He said the ministry under his watch will remain open to collaboration with the corporate and private sectors in its resolve to ensure the development of sports in the country.
“This is important, especially in this era of dwindling scarce resources. The ministry is ready to collaborate and partner with private and corporate sector organisations.
“We are ready to allow them to complement government efforts towards the engagement and empowerment of our teeming youth, to create jobs for them, alleviate poverty amongst them and position them for success in their fields of endeavour.
“This will also make our society better and safer for further investments by public, private, and corporate organisations,” he said.
The minister said the Bola Tinubu administration is committed to transforming sports from recreation to real business and a money-maker for the country.
“The government, in its Renewed Hope Agenda, has also endorsed the National Sports Industry Policy (NSIP) approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
According to him, the policy document spells out the benefits of the public-private partnership and private-sector involvement in the development of sports in Nigeria.
“The document promotes initiatives that help nurture the relationship that is private-sector-driven,” he said.
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