Nigerian government dissolves sports federations

The Nigerian Government has announced the dissolution of the boards of 31 National Olympic Sports Federations, with effect from Friday, April 30, 2021.

Penpushing reports that, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, made this known through a press statement, explaining that the move is in line with the Olympic Charter, which stipulates a four-year tenure for all Sports Federations Boards.

“The tenure of the National Olympic Sports Federations in Nigeria have come to an end. There is a need for a transition from the old Boards to the new ones,” the statement read in part.

Penpushing further reports that the statement pointed out that a few of the National Sports Federations Boards performed remarkably well within the last four years while many others have been bogged down by unnecessary bickerings and divisions among the board members.

“Having run a full Olympic cycle, the Boards of the NSFs inaugurated on 21 June 2017 are hereby dissolved to pave way for fresh elections.I wish to thank all the Board members for their contributions within the period they served in their various Federations Boards’,he said.

“In order to ensure continuity in the administration of the Federations, Caretaker Committees are hereby put in place to manage the affairs of the Federations until elections are conducted and the new Boards inaugurated”, Dare added

The statement said, mindful of the Olympic Games in July 2021, the Caretaker Committees will work assiduously towards enhancing Team Nigeria’s participation at the Games, adding that the ministry, in partnership with the Nigeria Olympic Committee(NOC), will release in due course, the timetable for the elections into National Sports Federation Boards.

Penpushing also reports that, the Minister said ,in order to ensure transparency and accountability in the electoral process, the ministry requested all National Sports Federations to submit their Constitutions.

The minister explained that having consulted with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), the ministry has concluded to organize elections into the Federations using the Code of Governance which is the administrative machinery that regulates the governance of Sports Federations in Nigeria.

Penpushing also reports that, Dare  encouraged all Nigerians who have passion and interest in their chosen Sports and who can contribute selflessly to the development of Sports in Nigeria to show interest in the membership of the various National Sports Federations.

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