There was a rousing ovation for Dr Sunday Dare as he officially resumed at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development shortly after his inauguration by PresidentMuhammadu Buhari.
Resplendent in a white Agbada, black shoes and a befitting cap, the Minister arrived the portals of the Ministry at 2.50pm where he was met by the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-General Shuaib ibrahim, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, Directors and Heads of agencies and departments.
He was thereafter ushered into his office accompanied by all the welcoming party where a short prayer was offered for the successful tenure of duty of the Minister.
A short reception was held in the Conference room where the Minister expressed appreciation to President Mohammadu Buhari for finding him worthy of being appointed as Minister.
He expressed delight at the reception accorded to him by the Ministry adding that the work starts immediately especially in view of the President’a agenda to lift over 10m Nigerians out of poverty as party of his second term agenda.
The Minister also called on the workers of the Ministry for cooperation in order to achieve the President’s agenda to tackle Security, the Economy and Corruption, among others.
Also in his address to the workers, he said the ministry has to broaden its horizon in view of its important role in National development.
“I am not unaware of the challenges facing the ministry. It is dear to the heart of many Nigerians especially because of football. Apart from football, We will however focus on other sports too. We will design other programmes that would ensure the development of our youths beyond Sports. In this, we must think out of the box.
“There are areas that youths can be further elevated with skillsand this is important and critical to President Buhari’s agenda for our teeming youths.”