FREEPRESS – Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has inaugurated the newly elected boards of 29 national sports federation in Nigeria.
Inaugurating the board of the federations yesterday in Abuja, the minister stated that the process of elections of the sports federations in the country had been democratise.
Dalung noted that he had been able to resist the temptation of influencing the elections, saying that he feels fulfilled for organising one of the best sports federations’ election in Nigeria.
The sports minister opined that the guidelines of the election was subjected to scrutiny by all the representatives of relevant bodies in Nigeria.
“The guidelines made provisions for aggrieved person to take the complains to the electoral committee,” he said.
Dalung emphasized that sports federations are the bedrock development in any country, urging them to give proper attention to the development of grassroots sports. “You now have the opportunity to write your name in gold.”
He warned that government cannot continue to fund sports in the country, urging them to explore other lawful sources of funding.
He also pleaded with the federations to ensure that the issue of doping is taking seriously.
Dalung explained the need for all the federations to come up with a constitution in the next three months, saying that it would be used as a guideline in subsequent elections.
In his remarks, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdulrazaq Salau, while congratulating the board of federations, noted that there was no victor, no vanquished in the elections.
Salau added that the future of sports had been placed on their hands, urging them to be good ambassadors.
On his part, the President, Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), Abu Gumel, said the board of NOC would soon meet to discuss way forward for sports in Nigerian.
He urged them to ensure that they attend championship outside the country in order to build their contact base.