The Minister of Youths and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung yesterday in Abuja inaugurated the boards of 29 sports federations. Addressing the elected board members at the National Stadium Abuja, Dalung charged them to take seriously the issue of sports development especially at the grassroots.
He noted the importance of taking sports seriously saying apart from becoming a powerful instrument of international diplomacy, that it has become a veritable source of income.
Dalung made a number of comments which if properly fashioned in his words; will add value to the administration of sports in the country. He reminded the boards especially the presidents to ensure that board meetings take place at least once in every quarter while the general assembly is to hold at least once every year. The minister also charged the new federations to begin to look inwards to find a way of formulating their own constitutions that will guide their internal activities.
Meanwhile, the boards of the Gymnastics and Taekwondo federations were not inaugurated alongside the others despite the fact that the board members were present. Though there was no official reason given by the minister for his action, the bye-elections which were earlier scheduled to hold could not be resolved. For the Taekwondo federation, the exercise was called off after the delegates failed to form the statutory quorum of at least 30 of the 50 members required. However, the case of the Gymnastics federation was a little bit more confounding. The South West representative Mrs. Moyo who had earlier insisted as having a re-run for the position of president after series of consultations accepted to be an ordinary board member.