…Budget N5.6 billion for 2014
The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye yesterday said that as the World Cup in Brazil approaches, he believed that Super Eagles would surpass its previous outing in World Cup competition.
This is coming just as NSC got a total allocation of N5.6 billion for 2014 out of which N2.4 billion was voted for sporting activities in the country for the year.
To this end, he boasted that he is optimistic that the Super Eagles will advance past the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
It will be recall that Nigeria’s highest qualification since the country’s debut in World Cup 1994 is second round.
The NSC boss equally commended President Goodluck Jonathan administration for supporting sports activities in the country through adequate funding.
Honourable Elegbeleye who dropped the hint when the commission appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Sports to defend its 2014 budget maintained that the Commission would continue to do its best in supporting sports industry.
The Committee however, asked Honourable Elegbeleye to take a bow after he presented the commission’s budget estimates to the committee.
According to him, “anything that will have to do with Nigeria’s sports is very important to me and to the entire Nigeria Sports Commission, NSC not the World Cup alone, the Commonwealth games is there, we have Youths Olympics in China, we have the African Youths game in Botswana, every competition that we go we should go there and win medals for this country.
“So, none at all is less important, the World Cup is very important and I believe sincerely that we will surpass our previous outing in World Cup. We are good to go for the World Cup because we have president who is listening”, he stated.
Speaking further, he appealed to the budget office and Ministry of defence “for timely release of funds, so that we can prepare for our competitions and have enough time to do camping, so that we can prepare properly for the competition and win laurels for the country.
On the committee’s recognition to him as the former vice chairman of Sports Committee in the sixth National Assembly, Honourable Elegbeleye said,
“I thank the members for that and I am grateful to the chairman of the Committee, his deputy and the members of the House committee on Sports for kind gestures, I really appreciate it, “he said.