Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has assured that sports activities in the country will soon restart.
This was said yesterday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Gabriel Aduda, while receiving 10,000 face masks produced for athletes by the members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) on behalf of the minister to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the restart of the country’s sports activities.
He commended the NYSC for the initiative, adding that the ministry is working tirelessly with other relevant agencies to ensure the return of sporting activities under the COVID-19 protocols required.
he also added “We are here to receive this donation from NYSC towards sporting activities in Nigeria. The truth of the matter is that we are still working with the government, the Presidential Task Force, NCDC, the Ministry of Health to ensure a return to sporting activities,”
“You will agree with me that all the European leagues have opened up, the American League is opening up soon and we think it is time for us to do the same. We need to join the rest of the world. We will not allow the pandemic to disrupt our lives further”.
“The ministry has gone ahead in conjunction with all the federations, the National Council of Sports to put together a very strong code sports COVID-19 protocols and practices. The code is intended to guide sporting activities once we get permission from the government to resume.”
Earlier, DG of NYSC Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the Corp members’ 10,000 face mask is aimed at hosting the 2020 National Sports Festival successfully later this year.
“The face mask is our own contribution towards the hosting of the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) and other sporting activities in the country,” he said.