Nigeria’s Senate, Tuesday passed a Bill for an Act to establish the National Sports Commission (NSC) to oversee the administration of sports and other related matters.
The bill, sponsored by Mr. Obinna Ogba, Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, was passed via a voice vote after its clause-by-clause consideration by the upper chamber.
Ogba said that the commission would maintain all Federal Government sporting facilities, and train athletes and officials.
He also said the NSC will advise and guide the organisation of sports competitions for the country.
Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, who led the plenary, praised the efforts of the committee and other lawmakers for the bill’s passage saying “the place of sports in our national life cannot be over-emphasised.
“It is one sector that brings us together and it is equally major revenue-earning for our people. It creates employment for our people.
“So, I believe that what we have done today is to add impetus to that aspect of our national life.
“I think we have done well today and I congratulate everyone, including the committee, for its commitment.’’
Ogba appealed to the senate to give the bill a favourable consideration due to its potential benefits in developing sport in Nigeria.