Solomon Dalung, a former Minister of Sports who served in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term from 2015 – 2019, has boasted that his reappointment as Minister is unstoppable by any human.
Dalung stated this during an interview with Punch.
He was asked by the newspaper to clarify allegations that he had issues with stakeholders who were allegedly working against his reappointment, the former Sports Minister said; “No, there is nobody born of a woman that can stop my appointment if God wants it to be. I am not carried away by such sentiments.”
Dalung whose impact in the last 4 years is still yet unknown further noted that he was prepared to bring advancement to sports in Nigeria if appointed.
Read excerpts from the interview in parts below (as seen on Punch)
“It’s God that gives power. If He chooses again to give me power, I think I will focus more on consolidating on a very viable grassroots development architecture; I will redirect most of government’s funds to that. The professional athletes will always be compensated for representing the country, but we need to balance things.
“I hope to also de-emphasise the construction of some of the giant sporting infrastructures that we have, as well as align myself with the world by adapting to convertible methods. You can build up a sporting arena, play and still use the venue for another thing. I saw that when we went for the Commonwealth Games (Australia 2018).
“I will try to develop a workable and encompassing relationship between major sports stakeholders and the federations, including the media. I will also work closely with governors as concurrent legislative partners. I have travelled throughout this country and found that some states don’t have any stadium.
“Federations will be made to organise programmes in states and embark on specialisation sports, where every state will develop interest in its own sports.”
Ogbodo ThankGod is currently the Managing Director/CEO/Group Chief Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He was the Chief Editor at NaijaBuzz.News before his new top leadership role. Ogbodo has years of experience in the Nigeria Media Industry and has co-founded some media companies. He is the founder of Ogbodo Solution Nigeria and 1Push.Ng. He loves playing football and is a strong supporter of Lionel Messi who he describes as the greatest footballer of all time.