Minister To Nigerians: Devote Time For Collective And Collegiate Sports Activities

By Obaseki Anthony on December 8, 2019

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has said that the benefits of physical exercise cannot be over-emphasised.

He said this on Saturday after participating in an early morning physical exercises organised by the members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in collaboration with the FCT Administration at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

The Minister said he was at the Old Parade Ground in solidarity with SWAN for their efforts in reporting sports development in Nigeria to the world, and because of the immense benefits inherent in physical exercises.

He commended the members of the association for realising the importance of physical fitness. “SWAN members are journalists, they professionals, they are not sportsmen and women yet, they realise the importance of physical fitness to their health and that speaks volumes for me and for everyone of us that sports is important for our health, and is important for our well-being,” Dare said.

The Minister while adding that the Ministry and SWAN remain partners in progress in bringing about the desired sports development in the country, also commended the association for the lineup of activities to mark the SWAN Week.

“I’ve seen the line-up of activities for this week and it is impressive. They have taken time out this week in the next six days to also have time to talk to themselves and to also bring professionals in the field of sports and journalism to talk to them in a refresher way and that is important. 

“From time to time every professional or a professional group needs to take a retreat, take a break, sit down go and put down the pen and learn a few things. I am in full support of your week and ensure the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will also extend support to SWAN Abuja,” he said.

Calling on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of keeping fit, Dare said: “I want to use this as a call to every Nigerian household, individuals, schools, communities, churches and mosques.

“Try and integrate a component of sporting activity into all of your activities. Every weekend we go to party, marriages, weddings, birthdays we spend hours. Let us devote at least 30 minutes to an hour for collective and collegiate sport activities.”

The Minister also commended the FCT Administration for maintaining the facility over the years. “I also give credit to the FCT Administration. I thank you more importantly for maintaining this facility.

“Over time I’ve seen improvements here, I’ve seen the multipurpose hall being constructed and I’m sure the Minister of FCT will complete it in good time.

“I’ve seen over a 100 Nigerians, private individuals jogging, running, weightlifting, boxing table tennis, etc. I think this is important. FCT keep this going and of course other Nigerians will take a cue from here,” Dare said.

•PHOTO: Sports Minister Sunday Dare and SWAN members during the walkout . . . Saturday morning in Abuja

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 8, 2019


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