The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has warned that the era of “nepotism and favouritism” which saw individuals “smuggle” their cronies in as board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other sport federations are over.
Speaking during a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, Dalung said his office is determined to ensure that only those who are determined and have the will to move sports forward will be allowed to stand for elections into the board of sports federations.
“If I will still be here when the elections into the board of the federations will be done, I am assuring Nigerians that nobody will pick his in-law or any undeserving person as a member of any sport’s board.
“Those who are contesting must show their commitment; they must show how they will guide their federations to success.
“This is why we have lots of issues in the federations today. We have federations that exist just by names, doing nothing, unless the ministry gives them money.
“The ministry even funds the ticket for a president of a federation to come for meetings, only to discover that, at the end of the day that the federations have been reduced to a battle ground, where nothing but fighting ensues over the scant resources they possess,” he said.
Also, Dalung touched on the no love-lost relationship between Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“When I waded into it, appealing to them, the coach told me that the team is playing against many negative things. When I asked the leadership of the federation, they told me something else about some disagreement with the coach. We should not have these skirmishes if we want to progress in any direction,” he counselled.
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