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The need to stop Blackmailing Domestic League Reforms



The plan to use some sections of the media to blackmailing the Minister of Sports over the ongoing Domestic league reforms has been busted.

After two failed attempts to label him as a hater of the fulanis and later as the Minister in 2015 and 2017 who blocked a foreign investor from taken over the league and all, the stadium in the country (recall Sunday Dare was not the Minister of youth and sports in 2015 and 2017)  failed, people connected to the former LMC and who have benefited over the years have hired some media to write the bogus and fallacious story that the GTI, the new company partnering with IMC and NFF gave the Minister 10 per cent of the N1billion promised the league.

The story planned to be published soon is being delayed because there is no shred of evidence attached to it. The plan is simply to drag the name of the Minister in the mud. 

Before that happens the IMC has called out those behind it as blackmailers and warned them of the consequences of defamation and character assassination. 

The insinuations about the N1billion and the 10 per cent to the Minister, Dr. Gbenga Elegbeleye chairman of IMC described such insinuations as wicked and from blackmailers.

Reacting to some baseless allegations of misappropriation, he said, “Such insinuation can only come from a sick mind, a jaundice mind or a paid blackmailer because there is no N1billion naira anywhere. GTI is to raise the money. 

“GTI didn’t give us a dime. They only gave 200 million Naira to 20 clubs, at 10 million per club, and this money was not given to IMC. 

“GTI are economists, they’re bankers, they promised to help us raise funds, using their image. A very credible organization, we believe in them, but we said before we go ahead, how you can help our 20 clubs for a start because they need support. We agreed that 10 million Naira is given to each club, and this money was not given to IMC, it was credited directly to account of the clubs, so we didn’t have access to the money.

“Secondly, on the issue of referee, we said pay the referee directly from your account.  

“So for anyone to say GTI gave us 1 Billion Naira, 100 million Naira for Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, that shows they are part of the failed system”. 

If Sunday Dare is a deal man, why did he fight the old system who have a lot of money to throw around to continue staying in office?

Such insinuation can only come from a jaundice mind or a blackmailer. GTI Group didn’t give us a dime. The only money given to us by GTI Group was N200 million for the twenty clubs at ten million naira per club.

“These monies were not given to IMC. GTI is not title sponsor but a special vehicle to drive the league to where it ought to be, they’re bankers and promised to help us raise funds using their credible organisation and we believe in them. So, we pleaded to them to help the twenty clubs with ten million naira each to kickstart the league. The money was not given to IMC but was credited to the clubs account.

“So, for anyone to insinuate that GTI Group gives IMC one billion naira and ten percent of the money goes to the Honourable Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, this statement can only come from beneficiary of past failed system.”

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Team Nigeria’s Impressive Medals Haul at Global Events & Stadium Infrastructure Policies Resonates as Sunday Dare Honoured in Maldives.



Last weekend, in far away Male, capital of the Republic of Maldives, Nigeria was on the front burner; and with modesty and pride for the nation, the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Chief Sunday Dare received a special recognition for his lofty contributions to Sports Development in Nigeria and the entire Africa, as a Region.

The award was presented to him by the President of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

In his remarks, the Maldives President highlighted that the very essence of the award, was to appreciate and celebrate individuals for their support to the sport community.

The Maldives President continued “we are honoured to present this Special Recognition to the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development of Nigeria, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare. During the outstanding tenure of Mr. Dare, he has made giant strides towards the development of sports infrastructure and Nigeria’s results at major international competitions have been phenomenal”.

Receiving the award, Chief Dare thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for the unveivering support he had always given the Sports Ministry.

“The intentional leadership of Mr. President has helped in pushing up sports development, during my watch to new heights. Without such support, this special recognition wouldn’t have been possible”

Chief Dare also thanked members of his team, at the Sports Ministry and every stakeholder he has worked with in the adios task of giving the sports sector the desired lift.

African football legend Nwankwo Kanu, who was also in Male was feted with a Sports Icon award, on a special night for Nigeria and two of her sports personalities who were given international recorgnision.

Mr. Sunday Dare had previously been bestowed with other prestigious awards, like the Highest Order of Sports Administrators by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Public Service Award of Excellence presented to him by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.

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