At a presentation Tuesday it was announced that about $120 million would be required by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration to develop the required facilities for Abuja’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The presentation was made prior to the inauguration of a 21-member committee on the 2018 Youth Games bid by the Minister of State.
Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, said Nigeria’s previous loss of the 2014 Olympic Games to Scotland should arm the country with the experience that would serve as an asset to make a good bid for the Youth Olympic Games.
She also said the success of the bid would galvanize development of the federal capital territory, especially as the committee contemplates the development of a new district which she maintained must carry along the locals in such places.
Former National Sport Commission (NSC) chairman Sani Ndanusa said at the presentation that the program would show-case the nation to the world and 200 nations expected to participate in the Games would explore the country for the nation’s economic good. He said,” we are expecting about two hundred countries to participate in the Youth Olympic Games and offer the country and the FCT the opportunity to expose our country, our education, our culture, academics tourism and business”.