Sports Minister Dare to commence work on 2020 budget immediately

Sports Minister Dare to commence work on 2020 budget immediately

The new Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Akindare has resumed work fully after his appointment was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Speaking in an address to ministry staffers at the Ministry Office shortly after receiving his portfolio at the State House in Abuja, Dare enjoined them to get to work immediately and work together as a team.

“As you can see, I’ve taken off my Agbada. That means work starts now. So, let’s get ready, let’s roll up our sleeves and let’s work together as a team,” said the 53-year old.

“I also know that September is now the deadline for us to submit our budget. So, beginning from Friday, we will start looking at our budget.

“Our mandate areas are very clear. We must broaden our horizon, we must deepen the work we do and the quality of work we bring to the table. I am not unaware of the challenges, controversies, and development within this Ministry. The Ministry that is dear to all Nigerians” added the Oyo State-born technocrat.

Dare, who was a former Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) also highlighted his immediate and long term goal for the ministry.

“Beyond soccer, we have other sports. But at the heart of that work is also youths development, beyond sports. So, we will be thinking outside the box.

“We must find a way of taking sports out of the back pages to the front pages with positive news and that is possible. I have a massive media background and I know that the media is an integral part of youths and sports development.”

The Minister for Youth and Sports graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University in 1991. He then proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos.
He was a Freedom Forum Fellow and Visiting Scholar, School of Journalism – New York University (NYU) in 1998.
He later proceeded to Harvard University under the prestigious Harvard Nieman Journalism Fellowship between 2000 and 2001 where he studied Media and Public Policy.
In 2011, he won the Reuters Foundation Journalism Research Fellowship, University of Oxford, the UK where he researched.
 “New Media and Citizen Journalism in Africa – A Case Study: Using New Media Tools and Citizen Journalism to Investigate Corruption in Nigeria.”
Mr. Dare has decades of experience in multimedia journalism spanning about 25 years.
He has replaced Solomon Selcap Dalung who oversaw the affairs of the ministry from November 2015 to May 28, 2019.

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