Rugby stakeholders yesterday gathered at the Media Centre of the National Stadium, Lagos to evaluate their 2015 score card and forge a way forward as 2016 beckons.
The Annual General Assembly chaired by President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, Sir Edward Fom Pam had in attendance members of the NRFF executive board, club representatives from all the regions and members of the press.
At the meeting, the president lamented the non-availability of funds which really affected their 2015 projections as he urged all stakeholders to make the needed sacrifices to ensure the growth of the sport in the country.
Also present at the meeting was the main sponsor of the federation, Kelechi Mbagwu, the MD/CEO of CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Company Limited.
Kelechi praised the federation for their accountability, transparency and the ability to hold firm in the face of daunting challenges in a difficult financial year for government, corporate world and individuals.
Kelechi who doubles as the Chairman, Sponsorship and Marketing Committee of the federation proposed sanctions for clubs who fail to show up at the annual AGA as he appealed to the league committee to help financially distressed clubs and regions.
Meanwhile, the Technical Director announced a get into rugby program for coaches, referees and interested members of the public who wish to participate in the sports as a referee, administrators or coach.
He stated that Sports Writers will also benefit from the training as series of seminars will be organised to help journalists have a better understanding of the game to help them in their reportage.
At the AGM, the secretary of the referees association, Muhammed Salisu was elected as the coordinator of the association, while Ayo Olatunbosun Johnson was elected the secretary by the general assembly.
For the Coaches Association, former Nigerian international, Ofoha Joseph was elected as the coordinator and Samson Okeowo elected as secretary.
Odionyemma Teduse Chukwuma was appointed as the NRFF Operation’s Officer while Afolabi Oni was officially appointed as the Media Officer of the Federation.
Meanwhile, the coordinators were charged with the task of coming up with an effective operational strategies.