The Minister said he was confident that the retreat would not turn out to be a mere talk shop as he is committed to ensuring that the decisions are fully implemented for the benefit of Nigerian sports.
He said, “The least we could do to repay the kind of confidence Mr. President has invested in us and the extraordinary commitment he has shown for sports development is to ensure that that the recommendations are fully implemented.
“It is true, like many have pointed out that we have had several sports retreats or conferences in the past, but this is the first time that a sports retreat was hosted by a Nigerian president. It must also be noted that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is the first ever-Nigerian president to mention sports as an important sector in the national budget.”
He further stated that the retreat had provided the vehicle to kick-start the much-needed reform in the sports sector, which would lead to an enduring system that guarantees sustainable success in Nigerian sports.
The sports sector retreat held with the President, Vice President Nemadi Sambo and virtually all members of the Federal Executive Council in attendance. Members of the organised private sector, media, sports technocrats and other stakeholders from within and outside Nigeria were also attended or presented papers.