Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday, applauded the partnership entered into by the African Union Sports Council (AUSC), Region 2 and the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Incorporated (NSDFI).
The minister stated this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two bodies in Abuja, saying that the partnership would bring sustainable growth and development to sports in the African continent and beyond.
While expressing happiness with the development, Dalung stated that, “When the news of this epoch-making event resonates across the length and breadth of West Africa, my colleagues in the region will be highly impressed.
He noted that the partnership was a direct consequence of the call by the last meeting of AUSC, Region 2, held in Abuja, which emphasized alternative sources of funding for the regional sports body.
Speaking at the event, the NSDFI Director-General, Jide Fashikun, told the minister that the Fund was committing N900million for Nigeria to excel at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
According to him, five sports federations, Teakwondo, Wrestling, Athletics, Cycling, will benefit from the grant.
As part of plans to boost sports development in the country, Fashikun revealed that each of the geo-political region in the country would have its sports development centre.
According to him, the South-West zonal centre would be inaugurated on April 10 in Akure.