Distribution of Sports Equipment to Public Primary Schools Nationwide
The process of actualizing the mandate of the Trust Fund to carry out intervention projects started in late 2010. Intervention projects are a major driver of the Fund to promote good causes for the citizenry.
Late in 2013 and in pursuance to section 40(a) of the National Lottery Act (NLA), 2005, the Trust Fund submitted to the President through the Office of the Honourable Minister of Special Duties & Intergovernmental Affairs a comprehensive redesigned Intervention Programme for approval. The Intervention Programme cover projects in Sports Development, Education, Health, Relief & Disaster Management, Water & Sanitation and Environment in all the six (6) geo-political zones of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In keeping with the provisions of the extant law and following the recommendations of the Honourable Minister of Special Duties & Intergovernmental Affairs, the Presidency granted the approval to the Trust Fund to utilize the sum of ₦1,125,579,236.25 (One billion, one hundred and twenty five million, five hundred and seventy nine thousand, two hundred and thirty six naira, twenty five kobo only) on 10th February, 2014 to procure and distribute sports equipment to select public primary schools across the country that have stores to keep them. The equipment are in respect of nine (9) sports, namely: Athletics, Table Tennis, Volleyball,Basketball, Football, Handball, Badminton, Judo and Taekwondo.
The key objectives of the programme are to provide vital investments for the development and advancement of sports at the grassroots level, to engender long-term positive outcomes for the country in national, regional and global sporting competitions; as well as grow and expand the nation’s talent-base at the grassroots, by securing the interest and involvement of children of primary school age in sporting activities with a view to improving the nation’s future performance in sports by developing the potentials of young talents and nurturing their transition into world-class sportsmen and women.