Former Sports Minister, Taoheed Adedoja on Friday in Ilorin advocated a six-year tenure for Sports Ministers for maximum results in the sector.
He said a minimum of six years would be needed for a sports minister to get “a well-grounded sports policy thrust’’ that would achieve results.
“I will advocate a minimum of six years because it takes a long time before you are able to get a well-grounded policy thrust that shows consistency and firmness in policy implementation,’’ Adedoja said.
The former minister, who was in Ilorin to present the first lead paper at the 13th WAUG Scientific Conference, also noted that sports administration was a special area that deserved good attention.
“Right now, we have more sports enthusiasts than those that are really trained to develop sports. We have to understand that some people are specifically trained to do it”.
“This is why we have the departments of Physical and Health Education, Sports Administration and Management in the Colleges of Education and universities.
“It is an area that requires special training, and being a sports minister has to do with having the time to patiently nurture an idea and implement decisions,’’ he said.
Adedoja lamented the problem of having many policy changes as well as poor implementation of sports plans.
“The tragedy of Nigerian sports is that even when a sports minister is removed, the problem of policy implementation has always persisted as every sports minister has always come with different ideas,’’ he said.
Presenting a paper with the theme “Sports, Science and Culture’’the WAUG forum, Adedoja said political, social and cultural factors militate against sports.
He said that this was why only 17 percent of those running sports in Nigeria were professionals, while Nigeria has had about 30 sports ministers in about 50 years.
“These things affect long-term performance in spite of the fact that Nigeria has one of the best sports policies in the world,’’ Adedoja said.
His paper was entitled “The influence of a nation’s political, social and cultural environment on sports development’’.
Adedoja took charge of the National Sports Commission (NSC) as minister and NSC Chairman from December 2010 to May 2011.