The National Sports Council, NSC, on Saturday held its second meeting since the appointment of a new chairman George Gomez earlier this year.
The meeting was attended by all regional sports heads except Banjul.
According to chairman George Gomez, the meeting invited the permanent secretary Cherno Umar Barry and also received a surprise visit by Sports Minister Henry Gomez. Both officials harped on the need for something to be done to lift sports from its current poor showing, especially football which is the most popular one.
The meeting was advised to use a five- year sports development programme designed by Chairman George Gomez with a view to expanding it to a ten- year programme.”Sports and youths are a very sensitive area and everything must be done to get the sector on a sound footing,” PS Barry advised.
Council also highlighted the need for all technical corporations between the Gambia and Nigeria, Germany, Ghana in football and sports in general be renewed so as to enhance technical competence of Gambian sports technicians .
Also Council noted that there is a need for sports to be taken seriously and structured efficiently as it is the case in other ministries
”Why can’t all regions get sports directors and their support staff whose work will be purely to serve only sports just like you have regional health or agricultural directors in the regions,” suggested chairman George Gomez.