The newly inaugurated board of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has promised to give priority to athletes as well as grassroots development of the sport.
Margaret Binga became the first female president of the board and has promised to restore the glory of Nigeria in taekwondo continentally and globally.
She has become the second ever female president of any of the able bodied sports federation in Nigeria.
At two African Games in 1999 and 2003, Binga was back-to-back African champion as the only Nigerian to ever do so.
She represented Nigeria at the World Championships and 2004 Olympic Qualifiers and at national level, she was undefeated for 18 years (1989 – 2007) and won 45 National Gold medals in that period.
She is also a certified World Taekwondo Federation International Referee (class 2] and an officer with the Nigeria Customs Service.
According to a press release by the federation, the new president who is a former two-time African champion pledged that the board will be committed to leading the sport to its past glory.
“We will focus on grassroots events and building a federation that is centred on athletes and we will govern in such a way that benefits the taekwondo practitioners and stakeholders.”
At the inauguration which had in attendance the Acting Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports [FMOYS] Dr Abdulkadir Mua’azu, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel, and senior officials from the sports ministry, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, urged the newly elected President to avoid situations that lead to impeachment and to focus on development.
“Make sure you hold regular meetings unless you will be inviting impeachment.
“I do not want sole administrators where only one person makes the decision. Hold at least four board meetings in a year
“The federation must pass and ratify their constitution within three months otherwise you are inviting the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports to take over your Federation.
“If this happens, do not say that we are interfering. There must be prudence and accountability when it comes to funds. Every fund that comes into the Federation must be accounted for.”