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Nigeria should bid to host the FIFA world cup

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By Okunloye Abiodun

The country will benefit a lot if it can bid and host the world cup - Fashola.

Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing, has urged the country to make a bid for permission to host the World Cup, which is widely recognized as the most important and prestigious football tournament that can be held anywhere in the world. Fashola, who was speaking at a program “The Conversation Series 3 by Segun Odegbami.” that was held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, on the topic “An Integrated West African Transport and Infrastructure History, Potential and Feasibility,” explained that the country would benefit a lot from it.

The former governor of Lagos state claimed that during his tenure as governor, Lagos State greatly benefited from hosting both the National Sports Festival in 2012 and the FIFA under 17 World Cup in 2010. He asserted that London was improved with its hosting of the 2012 London Olympics and the similar way that China showed itself to the world after constructing infrastructure by putting in a bid for and hosting the 2008 Olympics. Fashola emphasized that South Africa’s telecoms, rail, and other facilities profited from hosting the World Cup in 2010, much as he had seen the same thing happen in Mumbai before the Commonwealth Games in 2010

Sports activities now have the power to transform countries’ economies.

As of the moment, the world of international sports and entertainment is more than just a lucrative industry that provides opportunities for young people to find work; it has become a major economic and political force. National flags and colors are proudly displayed as national anthems are performed for the delight of patriotic spectators and the contempt of rival teams. Nigeria must take the lead in any bid by West African countries to host the World Cup, whether they do so alone or together.

Fashola emphasized that while the difficulties of submitting a winning bid are significant, they are minor in comparison to those of actually hosting. Whatever the outcome of the bidding, it will test Nigeria’s organizational, planning, and execution skills. Regardless, he insisted that Nigeria would improve because the international community would not lower its expectations for the nation but would instead push and back its efforts to reach those expectations.

Qatar promotes itself internationally by hosting the world cup.

Fashola explained that different instances could be cited, as visitors to Qatar will see how this little country has not only welcomed international guests but is also actively promoting itself internationally. The 2022 World Cup benefits are hers to keep or discard. In addition, he reported that sports are no longer seen as just a pastime or diversion but rather as an economic driver in the present national development goals. He noted that economic advantages must now align with the policy.

Furthermore, he questioned why Nigeria had not started local production of its sports materials, given its global fashion status. Why are the Super Eagles still using foreign designs despite our fashion success? Why not hold a local Super Eagles jersey design contest? He recounted how Odegbami proposed hosting a World Cup several years ago, and people rejected him as fantasizing without considering his intellectual status. Dreams can become a reality. The nation should be grateful for this vast idea. He insisted the country should recognize its potential and look past the messenger.

Nigeria’s infrastructure project has created connections to many countries.

Regarding additional infrastructure, he contended that the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts, especially in roads and bridges, go beyond just being national investments and have an impact on neighboring countries as well because they make it easier for people to travel within and outside of Nigeria. He named the Ekok-Mfum Bridge accompanying approach roads which connect Nigeria with the Republic of Cameroon as one example of the kinds of infrastructure that connects cities and countries. At the same time, the second Niger bridge is another example.


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1 year ago

Nigeria should bid to host the FIFA world cup – The country will benefit a lot if it can bid and host the world cup – Fashola. – Express your point of view.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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1 year ago

If Nigeria can bids and win the hosting right of FIFA world cup,it will be a good news to the country which can easily turn around the progress of the country in all aspects of life because the country tend to gain tremendously from the hosting of the event.

Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

Nigeria cannot hold the world cup please. We don’t have the structures or system in place. We are still fighting the problem of economic recession, we are now considering bidding for works cup host. We are not yet there yet because the government has not invested into sporting activities.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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1 year ago

With the current situation and level of infrastructure in Nigeria, we are not in a position to host a world cup at all even if we receive grant in preparation for it.

jdpumping
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1 year ago

Wow it would be a thing of joy if we can host the world cup,it will really boost our economy and showcase us more in positive light to the world.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
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1 year ago

a request for authorization to play host to the Globe Cup, which is universally acknowledged as being the most important and prestigious football competition that can be played anywhere in the world.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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1 year ago

We are still fighting the problem of economic recession, we are now considering bidding for works cup host. We are not yet there yet because the government has not invested into sporting activities.

Haykaylyon26
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1 year ago

If Nigeria host the world cup will benefit a lot from it but for us to be able to host world cup there are some standard thing that must be met to be qualify. We that our security is poor we can’t protect our self how can we protect other people that will be coming to out country we are still far beside to host world cup

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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1 year ago

Before the official launch of the project, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture gave a brief speech in which he discussed the motivations behind creating NHP and how it fits into his overall growth strategy to meet the country’s growing housing demand.

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

Nigeria is not fit to host the world cup. We are far from it. No structure in place, no infrastructure, among others. We are still battling with quite a number of challenges as a country. Let’s fix that first

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

We have more pressing problems that are yet unsolved. Hosting world cup shouldn’t be our headache now. By the way, with the current level of infrastructure, security and many other things that are essentials yo be in place to be eligible to host a world cup, Nigeria is no where close to being fit to attempt to host. We should focus on our problems and make the nation better first

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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1 year ago

At the present time, the international sports and entertainment industry is more than just a wealthy sector that gives young people the opportunity to obtain employment.

Christiana
Christiana
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1 year ago

To host the World Cup, Nigeria must meet certain criteria. We can’t protect ourselves, so how can we safeguard visitors to our country?

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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1 year ago

The World Cup should not be hosted by Nigeria. We’re nowhere near. No infrastructure, structure, etc. We face many issues as a nation. First, correct that.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
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1 year ago

People that went to Qatar will observe that the country not only extends a warm welcome to visitors from other countries but is also making concerted efforts to promote itself on the global stage.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

During the playing of national anthems, national flags and colors are prominently exhibited, much to the joy of patriotic spectators and the disdain of opposing teams.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

It is no longer considered merely a hobby or a form of entertainment; rather, sports are regarded as a key economic driver in the context of the current aspirations for national development.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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1 year ago

The investments made by the Muhammadu Buhari administration in infrastructure, especially roads and bridges, benefit not just Nigeria but also its neighbors by facilitating transit between the country and its neighbors.

Bola12
Bola12
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1 year ago

Even if we haven’t solved the problem of the economy’s downturn, we’re thinking about putting in a bid to host the works cup. The lack of government support for sports programs has prevented us from getting there.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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1 year ago

country will benefit a lot if it can bid and host the world cup. For now, Nigeria is not qualified to host World Cup. Nigeria don’t have the capacity yet. How many standard pitch do will have? Maybe one or two, not even up to standard.
So many crisis in Nigeria and we talking about biding for world. We are not ready yet

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

It is a welcome idea but will our government deal with the security challenges we are currently facing that seems not to be stopping. Though Sports and world tournament are capable of transforming a country especially football but government should do the needful first.

DimOla
DimOla
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1 year ago

We are not yet done addressing terrorism in Nigeria we are talking about hosting the world cup. It is okay since it brings development to the host country but let our government do the needful and end insurgence first before bidding for it.