KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare, has described women as pivot to sports development in the country, deserving recognition in every ramifications.
He made the declaration when he received the Association of Women in sports led by its National President, Professor Florence Adeyanju, who paid him a courtesy call in his Abuja office on Wednesday
In a press release signed by Ulor Chioma on behalf of Director Press, the Minister commended the women for making the Association open for both able and the disabled, as he affirmed that women have won more laurels for the country and also seen as the Ministry’s hopefuls in the forthcoming Olympics in Tokyo 2020.
“He said the role of women is recognized not only in sports, but generally and that the Ministry will go beyond the affirmative structure in their recognition.”
Speaking further, Dare revealed that the Ministry is building a High performance center in Abuja and have planned to build about six more to assist the athletes in their performance.
He also urged the women to encourage the youths to participate more in sports.
Earlier, the President of the Association, Prof. Adeyanju, gave the Minister an insight into the mandate of the Association and achievements.
According to her, women in sports, have always been discriminated, despite winning laurels for the country.
She appealed the Minister to implement the affirmative action entrenched in the Beijin declaration, stressing, it would accord women the deserving recognition that would spur them achieve greater heights.