A renowned non-governmental sports group, Sports Without Borders has faulted the statement by Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, that the federal government was partnering with the private sector in developing the sporting sector in Nigeria.
The finance minister, speaking on a sports show, on a government owned TV broadcasting outfit, made the statement on Tuesday. According to her, the current government was encouraging the private sector to invest in sports development.She further stated that, the FG was in the habit of encouraging private sector participation in sports development.
Reacting to her comments, SWB said in a statement ,a copy of which was given to Newsdiaryonline.com that, “ we are disappointed that the minister of finance in terms of sports does not reside with us in Nigeria, she was not better schooled or guided, if not, she would have known that all the clubs in Nigeria are owned by governments, not a single of all our league clubs is owned by the private sector.
“ Does she know that all the sporting facilities in Nigeria are owned by governments at all levels, does she know that, all the sporting federations have no sponsors, our leagues have no sponsor, our developmental competitions have no sponsor , that they all rely on government sponsorship?”
“Is madam minister not in the know that nobody will invest in our football because, nobody till date can explain what happened to decree 101? With all the above, where is the private sector collaboration she claimed existed between the FG and the private sector, where is the atmosphere she claimed they have created for private –public sector collaboration in sports development?” the group queried.