Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who spoke on Thursday in Benin during the extra-ordinary meeting of the National Council on Sports, disclosed that Nigeria won 700 medals under his reign.
The Sports Minister who lamented the experiences of some states sports directors during the 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja last December, called on state governors to change their attitude towards sports development in the country by making budgetary provisions for athletes to ease the sufferings of the athletes and officials.
He further revealed that some athletes travelled to Abuja with the hope that money would be released for their contingents, but had to resort to an emergency fund-raiser before they could participate in the championship.
Solomon Dalung who recounted how Nigeria won 700 medal under his reign, said;
“In the past three years I took over as the sports administrator of the country, Nigeria has been able to win over 700 medals in various sporting competitions that we participated in and this is quite historic,” he said.