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Govt should encourage private sector participation in sports



Government at all levels should provide enabling environment and facilities to encourage private sector operators to go into sports for the much needed development to take place.

Chief Joseph Okeke, a former Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports in Anambra,  gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Thursday.

“It is the duty of government at the federal, state and local levels to offer incentives in the form of patronage, waiver, etc to individuals, corporate organisations that promote sporting activities.

“Government should as well build sports facilities such as stadia, indoor sports halls, swimming pools and others at catchment locations.

“Then, motivated sports philanthropists will move to schools, towns to attract participants that are numerous, but not knowing how to start, to showcase their talents,” he said.

Okeke said that the country was losing huge resources by not producing sportsmen and women that would win laurels for us.

“Go to our primary, secondary schools, you will see a lot of budding young talents that are growing with nobody wooing them into sports.

“There are lots of benefits to be derived from being a sports person which include monetary reward, fame, scholarships and expense-free international travels which will make the fellow a household name,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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