Sunday, 16 September 2012

Uduaghan moves for Nigerian sports

What follows after
Nigeria’s failure at the
2012 London
Olympics? What shall
be done to stop the
plunge Nigeria’s sports
has taken in recent
Delta State governor
Emmanuel Uduaghan
will attempt an answer
to these when he hosts
a national sports
summit in Abuja
October 30.
Crack resource persons
at home and abroad
have been contacted to
deliver papers during
the summit that will
hold at Transcorp
Hilton, Abuja.
The idea to hold a
sports summit was
that of Dr. Uduaghan
and it struck him to do
so when Nigerian
athletes were crashing
at the Olympics. The
governor was pained
by Nigeria’s failure and
he felt that he could
play a role that will
help the country. His
state, arguably, is the
number one in sports
development in the
country. And if all
states could show
interest in sports the
way Delta does Nigeria
will be better for it.
Uduaghan thinks that
even Delta could do
“This is not about
Delta. It is about
Nigeria. We all have a
duty to develop this
country and sports is
one vital area that has
not been properly
addressed. I want
experts, respected
sports administrators
and people
knowledgeable in
sports to gather
together, brainstorm
and be loud on where
we are getting it
wrong and what
should be done and
the way to do it,”
Udughan said last
“We want people to
recall the past, analyze
the present and and
proffer solution that
will help shape our
future. We cannot
continue to be
complaining without
doing something about
it. I believe there
should be a way out
because we have
talents in this country.
But we are not
developing the talents.
Why are we not doing
so? These are the
things the summit will
attempt to answer. I
believe there’s a way.
Let’s find that way,”
Uduaghan said.
Executive Chairman of
Delta State Sports
Commission, Amaju
Pinnick noted that
what will make the
Abuja summit unique is
that Governor
Uduaghan has
promised to take the
report of the summit
to the Presidency for
implementation and
assured that President
Goodluck Jonathan
would be happy that
something drastic is
done to sports in

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