By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Nigeria Association for Physical and Health Education Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD) has informed the minister of sports, Sunday Dare that the reviewed Nigeria Sports Industry Policy (NSIP) is well structured.
NAPHER-SD made this position known after a virtual meeting held by its members.
In a communique obtained by www.aclsports.com, NAPHER-SD commended the minister of sports for the initiative of reviewing the Nigeria Sports Industry Policy.
It stated that the vision and mission of the NSIP are devoid of expected statements that would show the focus of the policy (3I & IP).
It read, “Members of NAPHER-SD met virtually to discuss extensively and thereafter resolved that the draft policy of the NSIP is bulky and not well structured.
“The vision and mission are devoid of expected statements that would show the focus of the policy (3I & IP). The true essence of Sports in Nigeria was not properly defined and the main concept which is Sports industry not explained.
“The vehicle that will drive the actualization of this policy which is the National Sports Commission was not mentioned. It is also unfortunate that the welfare of elite athletes and what will serve as carrot to the private sector investor based on our peculiarity were not identified.
The leadership of NAPHER-SD commended the Honourable Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare for the initiative to review the sports policy.
The Association passionately appeal to the Honourable Minister to entrust this stage of the review to NAPHER-SD and give time to come out with a concise policy that will be a model for other countries.
The communique revealed that seasoned professionals in sports policy matters should do a total overhaul of this draft before it proceeds to the next stage and this cannot be achieved in matter of days.