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New Minister Of Youth And Sports, Sunday Dare Takes Over

22 August 2019 Sport

Sunday Akin Dare, 53 has been named as Nigeria’s new Minister for Youth and Sports Development.

The Oyo State born journalist of international repute was sworn in along with other 42 Ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet yesterday in Abuja.

The new minister also resumed duty yesterday at the Federal Secretariat where he met with top ministry officials and other key stakeholders in the sector.

Speaking during the brief ceremony in his office, Dare thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing him as a minister just as he urged staff of the ministry and parastatals under the ministry to brace up for the challenges ahead. “I’m excited to be here today.

I thank the President, Muhammadu Buhari for appointing me minister of Youths and Sports Development of our country.

The work starts now, so let’s get ready, let’s roll up our sleeves and let’s work together as a team.

He further said sports cannot be separated from youths and as such, he will be thinking out of the box to develop the youths.

“Youth development is key to the success of any government.

We have youths, we have sports. Our mandate area is very clear.

We must broaden our horizons, we must deepen the work we do and quality of work we bring to the table. “I’m not unaware of the challenges, controversies and development in this ministry.

It’s a ministry that is dear to the hearts of Nigerians. Beyond sports, there are other ways we can develop the youths. We will be thinking outside the box.

“We will also find a way of taking sports out of the back pages to front pages with positive news.

The media is an integral part of sports and I thank the media for the work they have done.

I will be relying on you heavily again as we start this work together,” he said.

While welcoming him, the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola said the minister will be put through the inner workings of the ministry.

“We will provide you details of the structure of the ministry as we engage further.

“Everyone in the ministry has been looking forward to your arrival and are committed to working with you to ensure the level the ministry has attained is taken to the next level in order to achieve,” he said.

Before his present appointment as Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare who graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc,) International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University in 1991 had over two decades of journalism experience before 2016 when he was appointed as Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Without doubt, he has arrived with great enthusiasm to serve but Dare’s sporting antecedents are still unclear as he is not known to have held any significant position in sports.


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