Nigeria plans to tap into the various geographical advantages it has by shifting attention into long distance races, which East Africa and other high-altitude regions of the world have dominated.
Sports minister, Sunday Dare made the disclosure during his presentation at a webinar on repositioning sports in the country at post Covid-19 era.
“We also plan to develop the Mambila Plateau area to turn it into a training ground for our long -distance runners who are mostly from the North.
This is necessary and important considering that long- distance race is an individual, none contact sport that would likely resume soon as the impact of covid-19 winds down”
Dare further affirmed, ” While these are few things we are doing at the ministry level, we are also keen to learn how other new things can work better.”
On youth development, he said more than two million young entrepreneurs will benefit from training and entrepreneurship programs to be funded through the Central Bank Federal Government job acquisition initiative. He assured that the program will be launched next week.