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Public-Private Partnership key to sports Development – Minister

 *Public-Private Partnership  key to sports Development –  Minister*

 Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. *Sunday Dare*  has re-affirmed that government alone can not develop sports, insisting that only public, private partnership could  off shoot  sports Development.

According to Mr. *Dare*

“In an Egalitarian society, sports is developed alongside private investors. Look at countries like United kingdom, Jamaica, United States, South Africa and a  host of others that have successfully  done this. 

“We need to develop sports deliberately with the help of public, private partnership with Government.  We believe in a holistic sports development which is a total departure from funding sporting competitions  and waiting for the next Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Commonwealth Games or the All Africa Games.But as important as these events  are, they do not equate to sports development.But we came in clearly with the vision of developing a template that speaks to sports development and not just to infrastructures, but also the athletes as well as  the entire gamut of sports.”

The Minister  expressed gratitude to Sir Kesington Adebutu and Alhaji Aliko Dangote for their immense contribution to Sports Development. 

“We need to thank these two philanthropists Sir kesington Adebutu and Alhaji Aliko Dangote for their immense contribution towards sports Development.They both  made the rehabilitation  of the National stadium Surelere, and  the Moshood Abiola  Stadium, Abuja possible with the adopt initiative.

“We are also looking at the possibility  of building a mini stadium or township stadium  in each geo-political zone once  we have the money. The  last one  is to ‘Adopt-A-Team’ and we have seen what *Total*  has done for both the Men ‘s and Women’s national Basketball teams,”  *Dare* concluded.  

Signed

*Media Office to the Honourable Minister of  Youth and Sports Development*

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