By Bright Bassey
The Senate said it has initiated a bill for the establishment a Sports University as a way of developing sporting activities in the country
Senate President, Bukola Saraki said this when the National Executive Commission, NEC arm of the Sports Writer Association of Nigeria, SWAN paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Tuesday
Saraki said for sports to be truly developed in the country, Nigeria would have to emulate their foreign counterparts especially in addressing pending issues properly.
“Sports is vital in social development of every nation and Nigeria cannot be an exception. Our main challenge is in the area of sports administration and we must begin to put in place those things that can help us to achieve our full potentials.
“Already at the senate level, we have a bill for the establishment of a Sports University in Nigeria. This is to make sure that we have the right people in this sector which is very critical for our development as a nation. At times it is frustrating the way sports is managed in Nigeria.
It is very embarrassing to hear every now and then that our athletes were stranded or that we could not register for competitions due to lack of money.
“We have been working on two important bills for the repealing of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and that of the National Sports Commission, NSC laws using every legal legislative process and as soon as possible the NFF bill will be amended.” the Senate President said.