Sports minister decries lack of transparency in federations

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has blamed the crisis that have hit the sporting federations on and lack of transparency among board members.

Dare who made this known during a chat with journalists in his office, said the lack of transparency is responsible for the crisis that hit the federations.

“The elephant in the room is the lack of transparency that has bedeviled our sporting federations. Part of it are misappropriation of funds,  and are unilateral actions and we have seen that hurt sports development overtime.

“In a deliberate way, we are engaging to see how best we can make sure that the federations function optimally.

“They have independent boards to the extent that they function properly while the ministry has its supervisory role as we oversight them when we see things are not going right,” he said.

He further stated that his ministry has the right to ask question when things are not going well since the federations draw their funding from the ministry.

“The ministry has the right to ask questions, to work with them to find solutions. They draw their money from the budget, but our goal is to get the boards to work at the highest level of functionality that helps to promote the welfare and interest of the athletes,” he said.

He, however, acknowledged that the federations are crucial to sports development while revealing plans on the renovations of facilities and infrastructure across the country.

“We are at the point of submitting an audit of the sporting facilities in this country and also bring forward our own suggestion as to which facilities government should spend money and renovate,” he concluded.


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