The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday inaugurated an eight-man reconstituted Nigeria House Project Committee.
Inaugurating the committee Dalung charged the members to ensure that Nigeria was well represented at major international games including the Olympics, Commonwealth, Africa Games and the FIFA World Cup.
A statement signed by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, minister’s Special Assistant on Media, stated that the minister thanked the committee members for their patriotism to serve Nigeria in this capacity.
Dalung said that their commitment has demystified the notion that nothing could be achieved in sports without money.
“The Nigeria House Project Committee is set up to establish a hospitality outfit for Nigeria and indeed other African nations to showcase our rich potentials in any country hosting a major sports fiesta.
” They will be responsible for making sure the image of the country is presented in the right perspective, using various resources of the state at their disposal including culture, economic opportunities and tourism.
“During such games, these patriots will work to create a presence for their country to attract foreign investors by showcasing the possibilities and potentials in the country.”
“I have no fear or doubt that you will accomplish this task and that Nigerians will be proud of the project.
“The federal government is committed to ensuring that you succeed and will spare no expense to facilitate your success to deliver to Nigerians, a befitting outing at the Commonwealth Games, the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.”
Responding on behalf of the committee, Chairman of the Nigeria House Project Committee, Ifedayo Akindoju, thanked the Minister for the confidence reposed in the committee, promising to succeed.
“We have started work and we are working. We will ensure that we deliver on this project and we promise you that we will not fail.”
The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation Engr Ahmadu Musa Kida is the Vice chairman of the committee while other members include Bolcit Patience Barshep as Secretary/member, Mallam Ibrahim A. Abdul as Assistant Secretary, President of the Nigeria Gymnastics Federation Kelvin Erhunwmuse, Hon Margaret Nzumbato, Tonobok Ojuru Okowa while Mohammed Baba Abdullahi is the Consultant/Coordinator.
The Nigeria House Project is a Public Private Partnership concept between the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and MOBAB Consult Limited, a management and marketing firm.