The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has called on Nigerians to learn to appreciate the achievements recorded in sports.
The minister who was at the Presidential Villa yesterday to observe the Presidential Change of Guards said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will do everything possible to reverse the decaying state of sporting infrastructure in the country.
He also said President Buhari has done a lot to develop the sports sector through various interventions and grants.
Mr Dare maintained that government was concerned with the poor state of sporting infrastructure in the country and plans were underway to give a face lift to the facilities.
“Sports in the country has become an important aspect of the nation’s socio-economic development.
This perhaps explains the popularity sport continues to enjoy world over.
“Nigeria has come a long way in 59 years.
We have a country that is peaceful and on the path of progress and the president has initiated a critical path to progressive development in virtually all sectors”.
The Minister therefore implored those who do not see anything good about the nation’s enviable records in sports to have a rethink.
He applauded the nation’s sports men and women for making the country proud in national and international competitions.