I WILL BUILD BRIDGES, IF ELECTED NFF PRESIDENT, SAYS OGUNJOBI

I WILL BUILD BRIDGES, IF ELECTED NFF PRESIDENT, SAYS OGUNJOBI

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

 

As the activities unfold leading to the Katsina 2018 Elective Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation, one of the four contestants for the presidency, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi has declared that he would be a bridge-builder should he win the race.

The Osun State FA boss who is often tagged as “The Oracle of Nigerian Football” was also one of the six that contested for the headship of the NFF in Warri, four years ago.

This time around, the former international footballer-turned sports administrator has unfolded an eight-point agenda to be implemented if he gets the plum position.

Top on his action agenda is “immediate reconciliation of all football stakeholders to come together as one happy football family”.

At the moment, there has been sharp division in the Nigerian football family to the point that there is a cloud of uncertainty on the Thursday election holding without any hitch or judicial and possibly political intervention.

Continuing, Ogunjobi who was a skipper of the 1984 African Cup of Champions’ Club finalist team, the Shooting Stars and also as general manager guided the club to become the first winners of the now rested CAF Cup in 1992, promises to establish an arbitration tribunal for the NFF to resolve internally generated conflicts “through transparent processes”.

 Taiwo Ogunjobi as general managers leads IICC Shooting Stars to victory in the inaugural edition of CAF Cup in 1992.

Nigerian football administration in the past eight years has witnessed a riot of court cases which are still on-going.

Also, Chief Ogunjobi who was the General Secretary of the then NFA from 2002 to 2005 has promised to enhance the marketing and sponsorship departments of the NFF.

This he intends to do thorough “provision of adequate funding for our programs and projects through aggressive brand marketing and sponsorship drive”.

Other programmes for implementation under an Ogunjobi presidency include:

  • Restructuring of Welfare Infrastructure, Improvement of the standard of welfare of players and staff in the federation through newly devised means.
  • Grassroots’ Development, Introduction of more youth oriented competitions and also improvement on current age grade competitions.
  • Administration in Accordance to the Rule of Law (both the NFF and FIFA Statutes)
  • Standard of Competitions, to uphold high standards in all competitions that are on the calendar of the federation.
  • To embrace Association football among all State Football Associations and all Members of Congress.

 

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