The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has called for an Independent National Sports Commission (NSC) to develop the sector.
He made the call during a Public Hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Sports and Youths Development chaired by Sen. Obinna Ogba.
Ekwi Ajide of our Abuja Bureau reports that the hearing was on two bills: The National Sports Commission Establishment Bill, 2020 and the Federal Sports University, Nkalagu, Ebonyi Establisment Bill, 2020.
Dare said, there is a dire need to set up a commission that is contemporary, so as to develop the sports sector in a deliberate way to change the narrative.
He said that the sports commission currently envisaged must be restructured in a way that would make it capable of doing the work of repositioning the agenda such as the ministry had mapped out in the National Sports Industry Policy, NSIP.
Declaring the hearing open, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said that sports had become a tool of influence and commercial endeavour.
Lawan who was represented by the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, called for the right governance and policy framework to develop the sector.