The Nigerian Society for Sports Management (NSSM) has called on the National Institute for Sports (NIS) to be alive to its responsibilities if the country’s sports must rediscover its past glory.
According to the sports body in a five-point recommendation in its equally five-point communique after its recent meeting held at the University of Ibadan recently, authorities at Nigerian universities should also synergize with the NIS with a view to harmonizing various sports policies in the country.
The NSSM also stressed the need for what it called scientific training and re-training of sports personnel for effective delivery across board.
“Physical education curriculum needs to be diversified into areas of specialization that could improve the professionalization sports careers and production of sports graduates that could contribute to the nation’s development plans,” the NSSM recommended, stressing: “Modalities on how sports and recreational facilities will be maintained should be included in planning the blueprint.”
The communique also stressed poor funding, little public-private partnership and absence of financial options as bane of Nigeria’s sports development.
Kwara State University’s Head of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Education and Sports Administration, Prof. Mohammed Baba Gambari, is the newly elected President of the NSSM.