Ministry of sports and youths development is grossly underfunded.
The House of Representatives has observed that, the ministry of sports and youths development is being grossly underfunded to tackle the challenges affecting youths in the country.
The House committee on Youth and Development made the observation on Monday, when the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare appeared before the committee to defend the ministry’s 2021 budget proposal and the performance of its 2020 budget.
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Speaking, chairman of the committee, Rep. Yemi Adaramodu (APC-Ekiti) lamented the poor budgetary allocation to the ministry.
He said urgent attention is needed to provide the ministry with more funds to undertake youth development programmes in the country.
Adaramodu said, to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has a lot for the youths.
“The issues of N12.5bn to be released this year for youth development, we want to make sure that the ministry is given the very free hand so that it will not end up in another middle ministry or agency.
“If the government wants to give loans and grants to the youth, let the ministry do it directly, let me generate the youth, they have the database so let them do it, “he said.