Nigeria: AFN - Sports Ministry Warns Against Dissenting Voices

6 December 2019

The Ministry of Youths and Sports Development has declared that its supervisory role over national sports federations remains sacrosanct.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of sports, Olusade Adesola in a statement gave a stern warning to the erstwhile President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gusau to note the above and subject himself to the outcome of the proceedings while urging the George led AFN board to continue to carry out the affairs of the sports federation in accordance with extant rules and regulations.

"The FMYSD hereby reinstates that it has statutory responsibilities for the formulation, supervision, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes on Sports administration in the country.

"In the discharge of these responsibilities, the Ministry through the 38 National Sports Federations under its supervision ensures the compliance with laid down Rules and Regulations of the Code of Governance, which the constitution of the National Sports Federations recognises.

"By appropriation, the Ministry is equally responsible for the financial sponsorship of most activities of the National Sports Federations, the preparation and participation at international competitions as well as the presentation of Nigerian athletes at international competitions," the statement said.

The statement further said "in accordance with provisions of Article 13(1) of the Code of Governance for National Sports Federations, each National Sports Federation is expected to furnish the sports ministry with its Quarterly and Annual Performance Report of its activities.

The ministry however acknowledged that National Sports Federations are independent in the administration of their day to day activities but warned that no Federation can be said to be autonomous of Government due to the constitutional provisions.

Meanwhile, the ministry has acknowledged and accepted the voluntary withdrawal of Evang. (Chief) Solomon Ogba from the Board of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) as an Ex- Officio member.

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