Leadership And Governance Of Sports In Nigeria, Africa

Hello sport fans across the world, I’m glad to be back with another edition of my column this week.
The governance of sports in Nigeria and Africa is relevantly important. These definitions encapsulate the concepts of direction, control and regulation.
However, governing sports organizations involve establishing a direction or overall strategy to guide the organizations and ensuring that organizational members have some say in how that strategy is developed and articulated.
Governance also involves controlling the activities of the organization, its members and staff so that individuals are acting in the best interests of the organizations and working towards an agreed strategic direction.
Regulating behavior is the third element of governance and entails setting guidelines or policies for individual members or member organizations to follow.
These concepts suggest that good organizational governance aims to ensure that the board and management seek to deliver outcomes for the benefit of the organizations and their members and that the means used to attain these outcomes are monitored effectively.
Poor governance or better put, low performance, has been attributed to ‘director inexperience, conflicts of interest, failure to manage risk, inadequate or inappropriate financial controls and generally poor internal business systems and reporting.
In relation to the subject above, below are 10 common administrative challenges faced by sports organizations:
-Complex and confusing governance structures which fail to ensure accountability or cope with changes to the operating environment.
-Lack of a systematic approach for governing boards to do their work.
-Lack of training for board members.
-Boards focusing too much on operational rather than strategic issues.
-Failure to tackle major policy issues.
-Being reactive rather than proactive.
-Boards focusing on reviewing decisions instead of making decisions.
-Failing to define appropriate accountability measures for the board and staff.
-Failing to define the results which an organization is striving to achieve.
-Poor delineation of the roles of the board and staff.

In other words, those managing the affairs of sports in Nigeria and Africa can improve on the administration of various sports if they could brave the challenges above.
This is just a tip of the iceberg, expect more in the next edition of my column.
Join me here again and embrace the new day with plans of a new beginning for Nigeria Sports, nay Africa in general.

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Peter Ijeh
(ULc, BSs ).

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