A bill establishing the National Sports Commission on Tuesday passed the second reading at the House of Representatives. The commission is to be charged with the obligation of overseeing the administration and development of sports in Nigeria.
The bill seeks to encourage and promote sporting activities, recreation and physical fitness amongst Nigerians. Leading the debate in Abuja, Godfrey Gaiya said that the intent of the bill was to ensure that the commission remained a statutory body. He said that the bill would also address the issue of funding of sports in Nigeria if passed.
The legislator also said the bill would provide an enabling environment for the private sector to invest in sporting activities. According to him, it is essential to give a legal framework to the commission, with the passage of the bill. In his contribution, Zakari Mohmmmed aligned himself with the submission of Gaiya. He said the National Sports Commission needed a legal framework to carry out its functions without let or hindrance, describing the proposed legislation as timely.
Sekonte Davis also expressed support for the passage of the bill, as it would foster proper coordination of the activities of the commission. “The bill will also encourage the private sector to come in and invest in various sports after the heart,’’ he said.