The ministry of sports in Nigeria has announced its nullification of the appointment of Similaye Young Pepple as Director General of the crisis-ridden Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
In a press release by the ministry’s director of press, Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams, the ministry reports that the action was part of government’s effort at sanitizing and restoring order into the myriad of issues besetting the smooth operations of the AFN.
According to the statement, the ministry in its capacity of supervisory role over the National Sports Federations under its purview set up a Ministerial Panel of Inquiry on AFN issues.
The panel was to investigate certain misdeeds and proffer solutions going forward.
“To this end, acting upon the recommendations of the Panel, the Ministry hereby makes it categorically clear that the Statue of the AFN and the National Sports Federation Code of Governance 2017, does not provide for the position of Director-General in any of the enabling documents.
“Against this backdrop, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) canceled and nullified the alleged appointment of Mr. Similaye Young Pepple as Director General of AFN, more so, not being supported by any extant laws or regulations whatsoever.
“The Code of Governance supports Secretary –General (who has already been duly appointed by the Ministry) and not the office of a Director General that does not exist in the code of governance.