Commonwealth Scribe Commends FG On Yakmut’s Nomination

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has commended the Federal Government for nominating Acting Director General of the National Sports Commission, NSC, Mr. Al-Hassan Yakmut for appointment into the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS).
In the appointment letter addressed to Mr. Yakmut, the Commonwealth Secretary-General said: “We also acknowledge with gratitude the commitment of the Government of Nigeria to providing support for your membership and participation”.
Mr. Sharma stressed that the appointment which is for a duration of three years from 1 May, 2015 to 31 December, 2018 will afford the Acting Director General opportunity to contribute towards sports and development in the Commonwealth.
“The knowledge and expertise you bring to CABOS will enrich the contribution it is able to make towards sport and development in the Commonwealth,” he said, adding that the mandate of the body “is to advise the Commonwealth Secretariat and member governments on policies relating to sport, particularly Sport for development and Peace.”
It would be recalled that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had in December, 2014, written to the Sports Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo on the request by the Commonwealth Secretary General to nominate a Nigerian technocrat who is knowledgeable in sports policy issues as well as committed and willing to dedicate time and energy to the activities of the body (CABOS).
In nominating Mr. Yakmut in January, 2015, the Sports Minister had written to the Foreign Affairs Ministry that “Having carefully studied the request and the requirements, I hereby nominate the present Director of Grassroots Sports development (Mr. Yakmut), a technocrat, sportsman and seasoned administrator to serve on the sports advisory body at the Commonwealth as a government representative or Expert.”
Dr. Danagogo explained to the Foreign Affairs Ministry that Mr. Yakmut had earlier “contributed to the development of a youth sports charter for Commonwealth countries between 12 and 13 August, 2013,” and thus would be most suitable for the job.
Yakmut, 54, apart from the 25 years he has put in sports policy development and implementation, has also coordinated sports development activities in three geo-political zones, covering 18 States and the Federal Capital Territory and developed the conceptual note and operational framework of the first National Youth Games where 4250 youths participated.

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