Minister Throws Open Nigeria Federation Elections

By Kayode Ayeni,Ibadan –

Nigeria’s minister for Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has told Sports Federations to organise themselves and hold credible elections into their boards, clarifying that he has no vested interest or candidate.

Dalung was speaking during the one-day Stakeholders Forum on National Sports Federations election guidelines at the Media Centre, Package ‘A’ of the National Stadium in Abuja.

Dalung confessed to being glad that the Stakeholders were getting the opportunity to craft the document that would guide the federation elections, saying it was not only the right thing to do but also a re-affirmation of the commitment of the Buhari-administration to reform the Sports sector.

“One of the challenges of the sports sector lies in its foundation, the structure and leadership of National Sports Federations, because they are responsible for promoting and co-ordinating the development of the various sports in the country”, he said.

While encouraging mass participation at all levels, he further cleared the air on rumours making the rounds that the Ministry had some form of vested interests.

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