Immediate past Sports Minister, Sunday Dare (CON) has continued to enjoy the dividends of his successful stewardship as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.
In a Private Reception put together by stakeholders in the Sports Industry, Dare was praised for all the transformations he brought to the sector for the almost four years he spent in the Sports Ministry.
The reception that was tagged “Celebration of Excellence” is the latest on the list of worthy recognitions Dare has enjoyed following what many have unarguably described as a successful and accomplished tenure as sports minister.
Speaking at the event, former Nigeria football international, Chief Segun Odegbami (MON) described Dare as a national asset that deserved all the accolades he is getting.
Chief Odegbami said this is the first time a minister left office and he is being celebrated.
“By virtue of my position I have worked closely with many past Sports Ministers and I know how difficult it is to survive in Nigeria but Dare proved everyone wrong with his style of leadership that resulted in many achievements,” he said.
Odegbami further stated that he is particularly looking forward to the next assignment Dare will undertake because his wealth of experience and quality will be very valuable to the present government.
Speaking at the event, Sunday Dare described himself as lucky to serve as sports minister in the last administration and all his success story will not have been completed without the support of the stakeholders in the sports family.
“We would not have achieved what we did without majority of the stakeholders, from the office of Mr. President, the National Assembly, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, the Sports Ministry itself and the various sporting federations.”
The reception had in attendance some of the big heavyweight stakeholders in the sports sector like the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ismaila Abubakar, the Chairman Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Muhammed Sanusi, the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Premier League, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Special Assistant to former President, Muhammadu Buhari on Sports, Daniel Amokachi.