*As Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF) visits
Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to revisit the bill supporting tax waivers for investors in sports development.
The bill, if passed and assented to will have a tax rebate for any company that supports sports. This is expected to generate funds for sports development while waiving a percentage of taxes paid by sponsors.
“Elsewhere around the world, financial institutions pick athletes, adopt them and spend their money on the development of those athletes.
We must have such traditions in Nigeria. Here, multinationals make billions in Nigeria and none of them plough back the interest or the profit of their investments into sports, yet, they put billions supporting sports in other countries.
“That is unacceptable and that is why I will lend my voice to call on the National Assembly to revisit that legislation which was concluded but did not receive the Presidential assent, because it is a desirable legislation for sports development.
“If we have that bill passed and assented to by Mr President, definitely our sports development will be rapid and massive”.
Dalung made the call when the Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF) led by its President, Senator Abdul Ningi, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.