Bayelsa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Daniel Igali, has said the Sports Ministry hit the ground running with proactive developmental activities & initiatives to holistically transform sports and athletes in the state since he resumed office.
The commissioner made this known in a radio interview in Yenagoa, the state capital, where he spoke extensively on the plans of the Douye Diri’s government to create and implement sports policies that will be the backbone of a sustainable framework with a long term plan that is aimed at incorporating all kinds of sports in their developmental agenda, as well as harvesting athletes early and transforming them into assets & exports of high value.
Currently, Bayelsa State has no Sports Policy…, the former commissioner started something but we need to improve on it and get the backing of the excos & State legislature so it becomes law; that way, every school will know the direction of this administration
“Sports is no longer only recreation, it has transformed into something unimaginable. The scale at which athletes, not only make money but influence society, is mind-boggling
“What we want is to do things the right way. When I came in, the Sports Ministry had meetings with every level of leadership and has given the direction, we want coaches to start looking at having a long term athlete development policy; we need to catch them young from primary school and develop them into stars, that is the ideal goal of the Assoama academy,
“The facilities are fully functional, though at skeletal level, but the determination of the government will see things improve tremendously”, said the Commissioner.
Furthermore, Hon. Igali emphasized on his agenda to apply professionalism concerning the two state-owned clubs, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens. He said the resolve of his office is to ensure the clubs operate as a business, devoid of government interference and no more quacks or ill equipped persons running the system.
He said the best affordable hands will pilot the affairs from Administration and Technical officials to coaching.
With the agenda and determination of the current administration, within the next three or four years state athletes, if they are sold, will cost a great amount commensurate with their values.