Tech personality, Sunday Dare, has been saddled with the responsibility of running the affairs of the Youth and Sports Ministry, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was, until his appointment as a Minister, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, at the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. He succeeds Solomon Dalung in that Ministry.
Dare, who is from Ogbomoso in Oyo State, was born on May 29, 1966. He had worked in various aspects of the media, including, TV, Radio, electronic and print journalism and decades of multimedia journalism experience, spanning over 25 years, before he was nominated as the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, at NCC, by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 2016.
The new Minister of Youth and Sports Development obtained a Bachelor of Science, (BSc.), honours degree in International Studies, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1991 and a Master of Arts, (MA), in Law and Diplomacy, from the University of Jos, Plateau State in 1996. Dare, also, studied Media and Public Policy at Harvard University between 2000 and 2001, under the prestigious Harvard Nieman Journalism Fellowship.
Before joining NCC, Dare had worked variously, worked as Chief, Hausa Service, African Division at Voice of America, (VOA), in Washington DC, from 2001 to 2009.
Dare had, also, worked, as a pioneer member of two Nigerian weekly magazines, which are ‘The News’ and ‘Tempo’ Magazines, serving as Editor.
He had also, served, as the Chief of Staff / Special Adviser on Media, to former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Dare, as the new Minister of Youths and Sports Development, is expected to bring some brand of ingenuity to youth and sports development in Nigeria.
Apart from football, which many of the past Ministers of Sports that we have had in Nigeria, have always been concentrating on, for instance, the new Minister should try and juggle all other sports, such as, boxing, cycling, hockey, basketball, athletics, Karate, Judo, etc, into limelight and the consciousness of Nigerians.
He should, also, come up with a workable blueprint for youth inclusion, in the scheme of things, in Nigeria. We wish Sunday Dare, a successful tenure, as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.
Featured Image: Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development
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