22 February 2013

West Africa: ECOWAS Sports Ministers to Meet in Abuja

Ministers of Sports of the ECOWAS Sub-Region are billed to converge on Abuja next Tuesday to deliberate and take a common stance on issues bothering on sports administration in Africa.

This was contained in a letter signed by Special Assistant to the Director - General of the National Sports Commission, Alhaji Abba Yola.

According to him, "it became expedient for Nigeria to host the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) as the current chair of the African Union Council of Ministers of Sports (AU-CAMS)".

Issues to be discussed at the Abuja meeting include the decision and resolutions taken at the AU-CAMS4 that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October, 2011.

Prominent among these is the Resolutions which seek the dissolution or otherwise of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa.

Topics to be discussed during the meeting amongst others are; Hosting of CIGEPS Regional meeting slated to hold in Nigeria in March, 2013; MINEP V meeting in Germany; ECOWAS position on the winding up of SCSA; ECOWAS Games and ECOWAS countries' performance at the Olympics.

Eight countries from SCSA Sports Development zones 2 & 3 namely: The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Liberia as well as six sports technocrats have so far indicated interest to participate at the meeting.

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