By John Tuerijama
MINISTER of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni has seriously warned sports administrators to refrain from infighting and instead channel that energy towards the development of sports.
Speaking during the 2018 Namibia National Youth Games (NNYG) Sponsorship launch last week, Uutoni took a swipe at sports administrators in attendance.
Some of the sport codes that have made headlines over the years and lately include the Namibia Football Association (NFA), Namibian Boxing Promoters, Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) to mention but a few.
“Whether we want it or not, sport is the biggest solution to youth unemployment and unity is key to achieving sports development, however, unity within the sports fraternity is the weakness. “I am not pleased with the infighting within the sports domain, which have done nothing but harm, and at times demoralised supporters. “Even me as the minister, I cannot do things my own way and be seen like it is only me doing things, but I must work with ministry’s officials because I cannot do without them,” stressed Uutoni.
The minister further said the infighting deterred the business community from coming on board with the much needed funding for the various sports codes.Uutoni urged the Permanent Secretary (PS) of his ministry Emma Kantema-Gaomas and the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) to implement the ‘Sport Remedial Action Plan’ as a matter of urgency.“That document is there and I have seen it. It is there collecting dust and we really need to implement it,” he said.
The visibly worried minister called on the sport administrators to work together for the greater good of the sports.
On the issue of sub-standard sports facilities in the regions, Uutoni called on the regional sports officers, and the respective political regions to start mobilizing the business communities to come on board to renovate and construct new sport facilities.
“There are no proper facilities in these regions yet we expect athletes to perform exceptionally well during the national championships such as the first-ever NNYG. These regions must bid to host the youth games in future but with the facilities being sub-standard I doubt what will happen,” said Uutoni.
Meanwhile power utility, Nampower has injected N$250 000 towards the hosting of the first-ever youth games while other companies such as the Namibia Beverages, MEATCO, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) sponsored the event in kind to the tune of N$840 000.
NSC Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya said they had budgeted N$2 million for the event with the funds expected to come from the line Ministry.
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