BY BEN EFE
Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung said yesterday that the University of Port Harcourt High Performance Centre is key to the development of modern sports in Nigeria.
Barrister Dalung made the remark during a visit to the IAAF sanctioned HPC which is hosting Nigerian athletes training for the Rio 2016 Olympics and other international events. Dalung praised the University of Port Harcourt vice chancellor, Professor Ndowa E. S. Lale for providing facilities, accommoda-tion and warm hospitality for athletes.
“There is no doubt that sports is now more than sheer determination and skill; it is more of science. “Nigeria’s sports cannot remain stagnant, and we expect to cope with the dynamics of modern sports? This is the area we will wish the University of Port Harcourt to be a key partner” Dalung stated.
Barrister Dalung pledged government’s continuous support to the University of Port Harcourt in ensuring that all necessary facilities that will lead to the attainment of a modern and functional high performance center is realized despite the paucity of funds.
In his response, Prof. Lale extolled the University as a citadel of sports excellence in the country adding that they were grateful to have the High performance centre cited in the institution.
“This University ranks very high , not just in Nigeria but in West Africa when it comes to university sports so we need facilities to justify that status. I therefore implore you to assist and position us adequately for the status conferred upon us”.
The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Dr Solomon Ogba also remarked that he was excited to have the minister visit the high performance centre at a very short notice.