Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, alongside two ex-Internationals: Daniel Amokachi and Joseph Yobo were listed in the Hall of Fame Award for the year 2020 for their impacts in sports development.
The Minister was applauded for initiating the Sports Industry Thematic Group of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the breakthrough in creating the Nigerian Sport Industry Policy. This is intended to completely revolutionize sports in Nigeria both in participation and revenue when fully operational. The impact would be felt hopefully in growing the national economy.
On his part, Amokachi was honoured following his appointment as Special Assistant to President Muhamadu Buhari. His appointment is expected to impact positively on sports development.
For Yobo, his appointment as Assistant National Team coach to Rohr is expected to restore confidence of home-based players and instil confidence in indigenous coaches.
The award is a result of the Independent poll conducted by former athlete, Enefiok Udo -Obong.
Others who made the list include: the President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Francis Orbirh; the President of the Nigerian Basket Ball Federation (NBBF), Engineer Musa Kida for outstanding performance as administrators.
For successfully securing sponsorship for major athletics events in Lagos, Ijebu Ode, Kaduna and Remo, Ninlayo Sports Marketing Company was adjudged as the Marketing Company of the Year. This is in recognition of its role in not only organizing major events, but securing sponsorship despite the economic crunch due to the outbreak of covid- 19.