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Nigerian Sports Federations’ Elections Shifted



The Nigerian ministry of sports has shifted the date for elections into the various boards of the national sports federations under its control. The exercise initially slated for end of May has been extended to June 13.
Consequently, every other program for the electoral process will be adjusted to fit into the new election date”, a statement from the offices of the Nigerian sports minister stated.
The media aid to the minister, Nneka Anibeze remarked that further announcement on the new time table will be released in due course.
The Nigerian sports minister, Solomon Dalung recalled that one year ago, he called for the constitutions of all sports federations but only five complied till date. He stated that ahead of the forthcoming elections, guidelines were approved by stakeholders and a process was put in place.
He expressed his determination and commitment to a successful transition process of democratizing the National Sports Federations and producing credible leadership to meet the yearnings and aspirations of sport-loving Nigerians.
To this effect, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) will facilitate the electoral process.
“As part of our commitment to a free and fair process, the Ministry requested the National Sports Federations to submit copies of their constitutions.
“Unfortunately, as at today, only five federations complied, leaving the Ministry and the NOC with no other option than to organize the elections based strictly on the guidelines except those federations who submitted their constitutions and there are certain requirements of notice, of which in the spirit of free and fair elections will be exempted.”
The sports minister also directed the ministry to consult widely with the NOC and recommend three credible names to constitute the electoral committee for scrutiny, confirmation and subsequent inauguration.
He noted that the process of democratizing the National Sports Federations, though historic is not free from challenges while harping on the Ministry’s determination to deliver on its commitment.
“We shall make amendments and moderations of the transition programme as we progress and if the occasion demands. However, the election is the only thing that is sacrosanct.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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