By Albert Akota
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, has said that Nigeria will not be given due recognition in the comity sporting nations if nothing is done to address the deficit in sports infrastructure in the country.
The Minister made this assertion in a chat with a team from the Bureau of Public Enterprises in his office in Abuja.
The Minister explained that the country is losing relevance in sporting activities as far as the world is concerned, losing chances to host international events and will continue to do so if nothing is done.
“We have lost two major international events this year as a result of this. There must be deliberate effort from public and private organizations to ensure there is timely intervention about the stadia the country.
“This business model around sports can help to achieve the desired goal of sports in the country. When there are no good stadia, you can’t attract the investors. The investors need good infrastructure to enable them to market their product too.”
The Minister who revealed that there is only one good international stadium in the country which is in Uyo added that concerted efforts were being made to upgrade some stadia in the country with the help of public spirited individuals and organisations.