Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has beckoned on Sports administrators in Nigeria to quickly tap into huge economic benefits in Sports as a sure way of alleviating poverty in the country.
Otunba Runsewe who spoke when he received the leadership of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN FCT chapter) in his office ahead of proposed Sports summit in the nation’s capital advised Nigerian footballers to dump the habit of living lavishly and invest for the future.
The newly appointed NCAC Boss who was also emphatic that apart from football, Nigeria can harness fortune from other Sports such as golf revealed that by year 2020, nothing less than $6 billion would be up for grabs world over in golf alone.
While reeling out how many European countries and few African Nations including South Africa and Zimbabwe have been harvesting from Golf, Otunba Runsewe added “I’m worried about sports development in the country.
Unfortunately, most times we tend to give more focus and interest to football. I have always said it; I did a tour in 2012 and I realise that if Manchester united, Chelsea and Arsenal are playing today what they make in return is not up to one appearance of renowned Golf Player Tiger wood.
“To watch Tiger wood in 2013 during the master, I paid $6,000 which I would have used to watch premier league matches may be for the rest of the year. So if we take some of the few sports very seriously, we would have made great impact for this country.
“If in one week, no professional golf is played in London, South African and some other top Europeans country, it will affect their economic in not less than 34% of their GDP.
The NCAC DG further hinted that soon that NCAC would roll out a competition tagged Golf Culture after the council instituted regular sporting activities for NCAC Staff just as he commended and expressed support for FCT SWAN for the Sports summit initiative.
Earlier, SWAN Chairman in the Federal Capital Territory, Comrade Kayode Adeniyi while congratulating the new NCAC DG explained that the purpose of the proposed Sports Summit was to enable relevant Stakeholders to cross-fertilise ideas on the future of sports in Abuja.
He used the occasion to enjoin corporate bodies and well-spirited individuals as well as government at all levels to show genuine concern in the country’s Sports development.