LAGOS – Edward Pamfo, President, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) on Tuesday appealed to the Ministry of Education to consider the availability of sporting facilities in schools a condition before they are licensed to operate.
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“We told the Minister of Education to first of all close down every school that doesn’t have a playground; all these backyard schools under storey buildings that do not have playgrounds should be shut.
“The playground is very important for a child. You and I grew up under the auspices of all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So, first of all, students and teachers should be exposed to sports.
“When you sweat, you think better, when the follicles of your hair open up, you are able to breathe better and we have a healthier society,” he said.
Pamfol said that Rugby may look dangerous on the outside, while describing the sport as a gentleman’s game, which teaches the tenet of patience.
“Rugby may look dangerous from the outside but it a gentleman’s game, it teaches one to be patient, it controls your temperament,” he said.
Pamfol also hoped that Rugby would take over from football in the future.
“We want Rugby to take over from Football. Other sports are there, but we tend to celebrate football more in Nigeria,” he said. (NAN)