NAPHER-SD identifies loopholes in sports industry policy draft, calls for review



The Nigeria Association of Physical Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD) on Thursday in Abuja said it has identified loopholes in the Nigeria Sports Industry Policy (NSIP) draft.

Franz Atare, the association’s Secretary-General, told the News Agency of Nigeria they want the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, to release the document to them for a review.

“Our assessment of the draft copy of the policy which will accelerate sports development in the country shows that the policy was not well structured,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Dare had said the NSIP, when he presented it to the public on July 28, would proffer solutions to the four key issues of Infrastructure, Investment, Incentives and Policy (3Is and 1P).

He had emphasised that these issues are the ingredients which would take sports to the next level.

Atare, however, said members of his association met virtually to discuss the contents of the draft and have made a few observations.

“The Minister is highly commended for the initiative and it is clear he is passionate about the policy.

“However, the draft policy is bulky and not well structured. A policy document all over the world does not exceed 45 pages. But this one is 171 pages with a lot of non-essentials in them.

“The true essence of sports in Nigeria was not also properly defined and the main concept which is sports industry was not explained.

“Also, the vehicle that will drive the actualisation of this policy, which is the National Sports Commission (NSC), was not mentioned.

“A policy of this nature needs an establishment like the NSC to oversee its implementation.

“The policy did not address a pension plan for elite athletes, such that once they retire they can fall back on something,” Atare said.

He however appealed to the Minister to permit “seasoned professionals in sports policy matters’’ to do an overhaul of this draft before it proceeds to the next stage.

“We can understand the Minister’s body language via the policy, which is to pave way for corporate bodies and sponsors to become financiers of sports and not the government alone and that is laudable.

“We want the draft to be released to us and time given to us to edit the document.

“Our association consists of professionals from different spheres of sports and we are sure of doing a good job,” Atare said.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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