NGO charges FG over parasport development – The Sun Nigeria
The Gabify Initiative, a sports non-governmental organization (NGO), has tasked the Federal Government with putting in place policies that will accelerate the development of para-sports in Nigeria.
Ifeanyi Amaobi, the founder of the NGO, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that parasports was a real platform to engage people with disabilities and win laurels for Nigeria.
Amaobi, who hailed the achievement of Nigerian para-athletes at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the Tokyo Olympics, stressed the need to give them more attention.
“When you talk about para-athletics in Nigeria, so far so good, they have come a long way and they are doing very well to take on the world.
“We had huge representation in para-athletic games, both at the Commonwealth and at the Olympics.
“We have a strong community and brilliant ideas, but there is still a lot to do for their training and their well-being,” he said.
He highlighted the need for the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports to collaborate more with the private sector in the development of parasports from the grassroots across the country.
“So far, the government has helped sponsor various international games, but we would like the government and the private sector to work together to increase awareness and awareness.
“There is a need for the government to help train people living with disabilities and raise grassroots awareness so that their talents can be harnessed,” he added.
Amaobi therefore called for the immediate inclusion of para-sports in the biannual National Sports Festival and the National Youth Games.
He described para-football in particular as a sport with immense talent, and can rule the world, if talents are properly harnessed and the right structures/facilities put in place.
The CEO of Gabify Initiative said the foundation will continue to work with the government and relevant stakeholders to ensure capacity building for people living with disabilities.
NAN reports that the NGO helps para-athletes reach their full potential in their chosen sports and careers by providing training, equipment, coaching, advice and ultimate assistance to athletes.
The boards of six para-sports federations were recently inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports with a mandate to reposition sports. (NAN)