Minister of Youth and Sport Development Solomon Dalung has said that Nigeria has won over 700 medals in various sporting activities in the last three and half years of his stewardship.

He stated this in Benin during the extra-ordinary meeting of the National Council on Sports.

Dalung called on state governors to change their attitude towards sport development in the country by making adequate budgetary provisions for athletes in any sport tournament to ease the task of funding on athletes and officials.

He said the experience of some sport directors during the 19th National Sport Festival in Abuja was very pathetic as most of them had to travel to Abuja with the hope that that money would come but in the end had to organised an emergency fund raising to raise money before they could organised their athletes to participate in the festival.

The Minster added that the irony of the situation was that upon returning from the competition, the state government rolled out drums to welcome them.

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