Solomon Dalung, the immediate past Minister of Youths and Sport Development, has stated that he revived the national sports festival, as well as other dying sports in the country.
Dalung, who was giving the scorecard of his performance while in office, said the national games had been abandoned and, other sports were nearing comatose.
“When I became the sport minister, the national sport festival had not taken place for like three years. Today we have the festival back, he told brilafm.
“What gladdens me the most is the swimming pool at the national Stadium. It was not working for a long time and now we got it back running.
“There are other sports too that were not working. These are the things I will be remembered for.”
The former minister, who claimed to have done well in his four-year stay in charge of the sport ministry, was widely criticized for his comment over the demand by the IAAF that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), should return an overpaid allocation.
The IAAF had written to the federation, ordering it to return $130,000 it overpaid the federation in 2017 or face sanction.
But Dalung, speaking on the development at this year’s Okpekpe Road Race in Edo State, said Nigeria was being unfairly treated.
He said: “I think Nigeria has been unfairly treated because the issue has been painted and promoted as if there was any wrongdoing on the part of Nigeria,” Dalung said.
“Certainly not, grants were released to Nigeria on the 17th of May 2017. IAAF on the 19th confirmed the transaction; those from IAAF after two months turned round and cried foul that it was a mistake.”