Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday received Association of Football Club Owners in Nigeria. According to Saraki, if this meeting was held three years ago, as owner of Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC, one of the few private owned football clubs, he would have been part of the delegation to the office of the Senate President.
"I used the opportunity to commend effort of Club owners in making our domestic league, comparable to international leagues which even though is work in progress, it is encouraging many Nigerians to return to stadiums all over the country to watch matches even in Maiduguri.
"There is no doubt that Nigerians love football, but we are yet to fully explore the economic potentials across the country which we must start now as we look to diversify the economy.
"I call on all arms of must government to welcome and partner with private organizations interested in using sports as a platform to provide socio-economic liberation for players and communities.
"The Senate is committed to developing legislation to provide an enabling environment for domestic investors to be able to invest in sports.
"We can't talk of football without recognizing our women. Falcons are current African Champions. And can win more titles with right support. I urge the association to do everything possible to uplift the standard of football in Nigeria," he said.