Former Nigeria Minister of Sports, Bala Ka’Oje has urged the Federal Government to reconsider the scrapping of the National Sports Commission, NSC, considering the role it has played in sports development.
Speaking to Voice of Nigeria in Abuja, Ka’Oje was speaking against the backdrop of the merger of NSC with the Ministry of Youth Development to form the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development as recommended by a ministerial committee set up by the Federal Government.
“In the Military era, they found out that Sports is a unifying factor all over the world and of course also in Nigeria. The Military look at it, which is the best way to develop Sports in Nigeria, the expert advise them, we must give Sports a special platform and the special platform is the National Sports Commission” he said.
Kaoje maintained that the administration should retrace its steps and go back to the National Assembly to recreate the NSC Act because of the central part the commission plays in galvanizing various areas of sports toward attaining national aspirations.
It would be recalled that the National Sports Commission, under the Ministry of Sports, and headed by the Director General, was in 2016 scrapped by the Federal Government.
The present sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who made the decision to scrap the NSC, explained that a technical committee, of which he himself was not a member, was set up by the Head of Service of the Federation to restructure the Ministry.
Dalung recently told Voice of Nigeria that the scrapping of the Commission is therefore being reviewed by his Ministry.
On the Confederation of African Football election where long serving President, Issa Hayatou was defeated by Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, Ka’Oje described the ouster of the Cameroonian as a good portent for African football.
Ka’Oje said he did not believe in a leader who stay put in a position till date, but those who have decorum of tenure in office.
“I don’t believe in a leader who stay put in a position till date. I believe that it is important for you as a leader; you have to observe the decorum of having a reasonable tenure and groom somebody who will learn from you as a leader and take over from you. Someone who is 30 years in a position and not considering given up and I am happy that God has done what is right for us” he said.
Madagascar Football Association chief, Ahmad on Thursday elected as Confederation of African Football president, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign.
Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
The result means a change in leadership for the first time since Cameroonian Hayatou took charge in 1988.
Ahmad also became only the seventh CAF President in the body’s 60-year history.