Minister wants states to tap into Sports Industry Policy


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has called on state governments to identify specialized areas they can  key into in the Sports Industry Policy which will soon be ready. 

The Minister made this assertion during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, after watching Team Nigeria wrestling final preparations for the  2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Mr. Dare commended Bayelsa state  giant strides in establishing itself as the wrestling capital of Nigeria. 

“When I visited the new gym being constructed, I took time to look at the plans and  was excited that it met international standards. It shows a government with foresight and  committed to sports development.

“In the last 20 months we have devoted our time largely into turning sports into an industry. Sports has been mere recreation in our country. When you look at all successful nations that have successful sports development, it is because they run  sports as business.

“In another few days, we should be able to deliver for this country its first ever Sports Industry Policy. One of the middle pillars of that policy is infrastructure, the entire policies predicated on three “I”s.  The first I is infrastructure. We must have infrastructural rationalization. So when I see a multi-purpose hall being built for wrestling, I see a state dedicated to a particular sport like you see in other developed nations I know Bayelsa is on the right path and will hold  it  as a model for other states who want to make sports business.

“I talked about three “I”s, the second I is incentive. There can be no sports development without the provision of incentives especially to the athletes but also to the  organised private sector. The third I is investment.

“Both government and the private sector must invest collectively in building sports. We hope that when that is delivered, we would  have built in components for the federal government,  state governments and  the local governments. But I think the most important leg that we have is the assembly of commissioners of youth and sports development who will work with us at the Federal level to agree on a blueprint that can be cascaded down to the states so that we are singing from the same hymn book. 

“We hope at that point each state will look at the best sports in which it is heavily talented. That’s the kind of sports development we want to berth and once we deliver that blueprint, we believe that successive administrations and Ministers of Sports will work with it and will run with it this time,” the Minister assured.

Bayelsa state Governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo disclosed that the state had identified its sporting potential and is focused on combat sports and swimming. 

He disclosed that the state was  enlightening athletes to compete clean by abstaining  from banned substances.


  1. The minister of youth and Sports Sunday Dare is the most CORRUPT, CONFUSED and IRRESPONSIBLE minister of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He extorted N13M from me in the name of President Buhari and after he got the money and demanded for another 50 percent of the Pay Per View Television money and I said NO, the criminal minister issued a statement that the FGN has never supported, endorsed or approved my Guinness World Record Boxing Championship Fight despite letters from PMB to the IBU that Nigeria is a safe country to host a fight of this magnitude and that the Ministry of Sports will facilitate the quick release of the fight money domiciled at the CBN by the Private Sector, and despite the May 21, 2019 inauguration by the FGN through the ministry of Youth and Sports. When I raised the alarm and sent the information to the press, the criminal minister said he would sue any media house that reports the story. Now, my lawyers are filing a $10B lawsuit against the minister for defamation of character, loss of wages and interest. So all the trash he is talking here is nothing but TRASH. This criminal does not know sport and he does not give a damn about sport. With criminals like this in Nigeria, the sports industry and the youths are in trouble, big trouble.


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