Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has been named Blueprint Awards Sports Icon of the Year, following numerous exploits recorded as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.
Sunday Dare’s administration has been synonymous with innovative leadership. These leadership excellence has led to the birthing of programmes such as, Adopt an Athlete Initiative, Adopt a Facility Initiative, Athletes Welfare Fund (AWF) as well as the Talent Hunt Program (THP). These different programs have helped athletes get training grants, the Adopt -a-Facility has rejuvenated the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Daura Township Stadium. Work has been on-going at the National Stadium, Surulere, as well as many other grounds.
Sunday Dare has led from the fore in transforming sports in the country, from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
His result-oriented leadership has brought tangible success to Nigeria. A beneficiary of the Adopt-an-Athlete initiative, Oluwatobiloba Amusan emerged as Nigeria’s first ever world champion in athletics. Nigeria also went on to post its best-ever performance at the Commonwealth Games in 72 years.
It leaves zero doubts, as to the conferment of the Icon of Sports Award on Hon. Sunday Dare. The achievements have been laudable and one can only trust the process, as sports continues to enjoy more successes under a proactive leadership.