The NIGERIAN youth have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to pay special interest to the development of sports in the country.
The youths, under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, said the government should focus on higher institutions for talents to be harnessed for the desired results in the nation’s sports.
The body noted that school sports were gradually dying in the country due to laxity on the part of the school authorities orchestrated by the Federal Ministry of Education.
The National Director of Sports, NANS, Godwin Erheriene in a statement yesterday, in Abuja, said the current neglect of the Nigeria University Games, NUGA, by universities authorities would not speak well for the country.
He said “We urge President Buhari to pay keen attention to sports development, especially at the higher institution level and most important the university sports so that our talents can be harnessed and laurels/medals will be won for our nation in diverse sports.
“It is quite worrisome that key stakeholders are paying little or no attention to sports development in Nigerian schools as the glaring results are with us; young talents are lost and youthful energies are channels to wrong ventures.”
Erheriene maintained that the ugly trends could be reversed if all the relevant stakeholders in the sports sector join hands to take the nation sports to an enviable height.