Immediate former minister if Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung has boasted that his reappointment into President Buhari’s cabinet as minister cannot be stopped by any one.
PUNCH reports that Mr. Dalung stated this while speaking on the crises that rocked the basket ball, athletics, football federation and the Nigeria football supporters club of which he claimed to have managed the crisis effectively.
He was quoted saying “No, there is nobody born of a woman that can stop my appointment if God wants it to be. I am not carried away by such sentiments” when asked to clarify allegations that some stakeholders are working against his reappointment.
“It’s God that gives power. If He chooses again to give me power, I think I will focus more on consolidating on a very viable grassroots development architecture; I will redirect most of government’s funds to that. The professional athletes will always be compensated for representing the country, but we need to balance things.
“I hope to also de-emphasise the construction of some of the giant sporting infrastructures that we have, as well as align myself with the world by adapting to convertible methods. You can build up a sporting arena, play and still use the venue for another thing. I saw that when we went for the Commonwealth Games (Australia 2018).
“I will try to develop a workable and encompassing relationship between major sports stakeholders and the federations, including the media. I will also work closely with governors as concurrent legislative partners. I have travelled throughout this country and found that some states don’t have any stadium.
“Federations will be made to organise programmes in states and embark on specialisation sports, where every state will develop interest in its own sports.”