The Minister of Sports and Development has promised to foster smooth relationship and collaboration with sports federations for the promotion of sports in Nigeria.
Senator John Owan Enoh stated that the Ministry of Sports Development will continue to play its statutory supervisory and advisory roles on all sports federations in the country, as he charged them to be goal driven.
Enoh made the remark during a meeting with all sports federation presidents and secretaries yesterday, in Abuja.
He highlighted that Government continues to have the responsibility to ensure proper governance in federations and will provide oversight on the plans each federation executes.
The minister stated thus “the ministry will continue to play its advisory roles and we are going to be transparent and communicate more. We must set targets for ourselves. We must get to a point in which those who want to be presidents must sufficiently challenge the norm about what they think they want to offer and what fuels their decision to run (for that position).”
“We need to show more commitment, focus and passion to succeed. We do not want federation presidents who are not committed or are only there to protect their own interests. We need the commitment of the leadership of all the federations,” he added.
Speaking at the meeting, some of the federation leaders highlighted their successes, plans and areas for further improvements. President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih said that early preparation is vital for the 2024 Olympic Games, with the federation aiming to fly the flag of Nigeria in Paris.
The Secretary of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Rita Mosindi stated that funding remains one of the critical issues affecting the federation, but the AFN will continue to work hard to ensure Nigeria gets quality representation on the international stage, at all times.