President Meets Minister, NFF Chairman; Demands Football Masterplan


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, 4 June, 2021 met with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Development, Mr Sunday Dare and the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation  at the State House, Abuja where he demanded for masterplan for growth and development of football in the country.
He also congratulated NFF Chairman, Mr. Amaju Pinnick on his election into FIFA Executive council.
According to President Buhari “Let me congratulate you on the new position Nigeria has secured in the FIFA council. Mr. Amaju Pinnick, I congratulate you on your election  victory and your new position as the third Nigerian to secure such position. I’m  delighted, I am sure millions of Nigerians,  lovers of football are also delighted.This position on the FIFA council will provide benefits.
“This position comes st a time when Nigeria  is determined to turn the fortunes of her sports development around through better infrastructure, more investment in both public , private and government incentives. This is why we re-classified sports from mere recreation  to business.  A new business model will soon be ready. I believe in the potential of sports  to promote peace, unity and enhance good health”.
He concluded thus, “I want to see football  develop and move in a more dynamic  trajectory. Nigeria needs a football master plan that will ensure youth football  development”
In his response,  Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting  the election of FIFA Executive Committee member, Mr. Melvin Amaju Pinnick.
 “Mr President, we thank you for supporting  Amaju’s election into FIFA Executive Committee. Nigeria now has a well-deserved seat at the decision-making table of one of the greatest sports in the world. Thank you also  for approving the re-classification of sports as business thereby paving the way for a reviewed National Sports Industry Policy. A reviewed National Sports Industry Policy that will give our sports development a business model will soon be ready for presentation to you, Mr. President,”.
.The Minister added, “We want to attract necessary investments and provision of proper structures in line with the Federal  Government plan to deliver a new policy. A football development master plan at all levels is being prepared. We want to use football to fully engage our talented youth​”.
The Minister also used the occasion to solicit support for the national teams participation in the Nations Cup and the World Cup as well as  several qualifiers/friendlies line up for the team.

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