President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the Minister of Sport, Solomon Dalung, to ensure that Nigeria’s participation in 2018 World Cup in Russia does not end up like that of a spectator.
Buhari issued the charge when Dalung met with him in the Presidential Villa to brief him on the degree of preparation for the World Cup and other sporting activities in 2018.
He also said the president encouraged him to ensure that the number of successes recorded in sports in the country last year is sustained.
According to him, the president also charged him to ensure that bonuses of players are paid upfront.
Dalung said to ensure that the team is adequately prepared, a number of friendly matches have been lined up for the Super Eagles.
He added that the budget for the event had been approved which he said would cost Nigeria 3 billion naira out of which government would contribute 1.2 billion naira.