The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has announced the dissolution of the boards of all national sports federations, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
According to a media release signed by the special adviser on media Nneka Anibeze, the Minister for Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung who made the announcement on Friday in Abuja also directed all secretaries to take charge of their various federations during the election process.
“In line with the Olympic Charter, all National Sports Federations are to serve for a period of four years. The federations inaugurated in May 2013, and by tradition, federations are dissolved after every Olympic Games. Therefore, their tenure has now come to an end,” the ministry wrote in a statement on Friday.
“To ensure a level playing ground and free and fair elections, where all shall be given equal opportunities to realize their ambition to contest the elections, the National Sports Federations are hereby dissolved from today May 5, 2017.
“Secretaries are to take charge and run the affairs of their various federations during the process of the elections.”
The statement also revealed that the election date has also been extended to June 13, 2017 while every other programme for the electoral process will be adjusted to fit into the new election date. Further announcement on the new time table will be released in due course.
Dalung also recalled that last year, he called for the constitutions of all sports federations but only five complied till date. He stated that ahead of the forthcoming elections, guidelines were approved by stakeholders and a process was put in place.
“As part of our commitment to a free and fair process, the Ministry requested the National Sports Federations to submit copies of their constitutions,” he added.
“Unfortunately, as at today, only five federations complied, leaving the Ministry and the NOC with no other option than to organize the elections based strictly on the guidelines except those federations who submitted their constitutions and there are certain requirements of notice, of which in the spirit of free and fair elections will be exempted.”
The Sports Minister has also directed the Ministry to consult widely with the NOC and recommend three credible names to constitute the electoral committee for scrutiny, confirmation and subsequent inauguration.
He noted that the process of democratizing the National Sports Federations, though historic is not free from challenges while harping on the Ministry’s determination to deliver on its commitment.
“We shall make amendments and moderations of the transition programme as we progress and if the occasion demands. However, the election is the only thing that is sacrosanct.”
Meanwhile, Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde has commended sports minister Solomon Dalung for his desire to ensure credible elections for the sporting federations.
“The decision was apparently taken in a bid to ensure good and transparent elections,” Onigbinde said.
“I support any steps which the ministry feel is best for the federations under its supervision.
“This may not be a football matter but it’s still about Nigerian sports and we should support the minister so long as whatever steps he takes are within the laws and won’t infringe on the relationship between Nigeria and the federations in charge of these sports globally.”