The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised that the fire brigade approach to sporting events by Nigerian sportsmen and women will be a thing of the past if re-elected for a second term as special funds will be set aside to cater for the sector, Channels reports.
President Jonathan, while addressing the sportsmen and women after a jogging exercise on Saturday, at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), promised them that a special fund would be set aside for preparations to sport events to create room for winning of more laurels.
The jogging exercise which was organised to emphasize the need for fitness also had in participation, the Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo, Senate President of Nigeria, David Mark, Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, Director General of the Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye.
The exercise was also joined by a group of sportsmen and women in Nigeria including former Super Eagles captains Kanu Nwankwo and Joseph Yobe, other athletes and footballers including members of the Super Falcons.
The whole team joined the President to jog round the Eagle Square, acknowledging cheers from the supporters who gathered to witness the event.
The President also said a special fund would be set aside to cater for Nigerian sportsmen and women who want to further their education, extending the privilege to those who may sustain injuries while representing the country in any sporting event.
While describing sports especially football as a unifying factor in the country, he promised that any sportsman or woman who made the country proud will never be a beggar.
According to the President, such funds must be set aside while the private sector would be allowed to manage it for sports development in Nigeria.
Danagogo said the harvest of medals in Nigeria must be allowed to continue, David Mark put his own to question and Sambo said the return of the President can only be possible with the PVC in their hands.