April, 14 2023.
Ahead of the upcoming inauguration of the incoming All Progressive Congress (APC) administration, to be led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Sunday Dare has made public his aspiration to serve in other capacities, other than as Minister of Sports and Youth Development.
Chief Dare dropped the hint by himself on Saturday, while speaking with veteran Sports Journalist Michell Obi on Sports Salsa, on Eagle FM.
Dare said, “my job is done as Sports Minister. I have put in my best and I am ready to move on".
Chief Dare was responding to a question as to whether he would want to come back for another four years as Sports Minister.
According to him, having done his best in the last 3 and half years, in steering the ministry, and giving both the youths of the country and the nation's sports sector to new and lofty heights; his desire is now to serve in any other capacity that the President-elect may assign to him, other than the Sports Ministry.
The minister who was Chief of Staff and Media Aide to the President-elect further stated that the foundations, legacies and programmes he initiated have in a great deal, promoted Nigeria globally in the area of youth and sports, and what anyone taking over from him would have to do is, build on his achievements, while imputing fresh ideas.
Until his appointment in 2019 as Minister of Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Chief Dare was a practicing veteran journalist.
His legacies in the nation's sports sector, includes the "adopt an athlete programme", "adopt a pitch programme" and the unrivaled attention given to Team Nigeria's Sportsmen and women.
While the adopt a pitch programme has seen the rehabilitation of key sporting infrastructure in the country, including the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja; the adopt an athlete and improved welfare packages for the nation's athletes were key in Team Nigeria's excellent outings at the African Games in Morocco; the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham; and the World Athletics Championships in Eugene Oregon, USA.