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Sport Federation elections: Ministry unveils committee members

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has released a list of committee members for elections into the National Sports Federations.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung

According to a statement, each Federation would have a chairman and three committee members during the elections.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said members of the electoral committees were carefully chosen, based on merit and experience, following wide consultations from the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).

According to the statement, the Athletics Federation will be chaired by Kalami Mohammed, and his members, Tony Uhrobo and Bamidele Elijah.

Table Tennis has Mr Afis Mohammed as Chairman, with Mr Oge Okeke and Melange Nkwo as members.

The Basketball Federation has as its Chairman Brig Gen Yakubu Ndam (rtd), while Boxing has Moda Shishi. The Cricket Federation has Barnabas Ejiogu.

Mr Chris Ogbgo will be Chairman Tennis Federation, while Victor Ogbene is for the Taekwondo Federation.
Meanwhile, Dalung has reaffirmed that the National Sports Festival will hold this year.

Cross Rivers State opted to host the annual event, after the last edition in Lagos State, but has failed to fulfill its promise.

Dalung regretted the constant postponement of the festival and has promised that a new state would be assigned to host the event.

The Sports Minister also challenged state governments to initiate state sports festivals to fish out talents for Nigeria in future competitions.

Dalung promised that arrangement for the National Sports Festival would begin after the elections into the Sports Federations.

Nigeria’s growing recognition in football has continued following the election of the immediate past chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, as a member of the highly respected FIFA Ethics Committee.

The election was rectified by the Congress of FIFA at it’s 67th Congress in Manama, Bahrain.

Justice Ayotunde became the only African in the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Only last Monday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, who was elected as member CAF Executive Committee in March, was also appointed into the influential Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions.

He also became the first Nigerian to be appointed as President of the Organising Committee for the African Cup of Nations.

By Felix Simire

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