The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has assured that it would continue to collaborate with State Directors of Sports to ensure sports development in the country as well as to empower the Youth in line with the policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This assurance was given by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare in Benin-City, when he met with the new executive of the Forum of Directors of Sports.
Dare said the Federal Government was determined to empower the youth through sports for the economic growth of the country.
While commending the State Directors of Sports for conducting a peaceful, free and fair election, Dare assured that the Ministry would sustain the existing cordial relationship with the Directors to identify talents that would represent the country at international competitions.
He stated that the State Directors of Sports from the 36 states and the FCT deserve commendation for their maturity and unity of purpose which culminated into a peaceful and fair election.
In his remarks, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Nebeolisa Anako, acknowledged the State Directors of Sports/ Zonal Chairmen as a formidable team that had always added value to sports development in the country.
He urged them to maintain the cordial relationship that ensured the successful hosting of the 20th National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020.
Also speaking, newly-elected chairman of the Directors of Sports forum, Mr Isaac Isaac, said their visit was to officially present the new executive to the management team of the Sports Ministry and to seek collaboration with the Ministry as well.