… Dissolved boards give minister 48-hour ultimatum to reverse dissolution
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has remained defiant in the face of opposition from different quarters following the dissolution of 31 sporting federations last week Friday.
In a chat with journalists during the inauguration of caretaker committees set up to run the affairs of the federations in Abuja on Tuesday said the dissolution was done according to the law.
“We have done what is right according to the law and that is it. The dissolution became necessary because of the expiration of their tenures.
“It is also important because of the Tokyo Olympics which is less than 90 days away. This requires that all hands are on deck because continuity is necessary to ensure preparations for the Games are not hampered in any way.
“The Caretaker Committees were thus specially selected to reflect our aspirations towards podium appearances at the Tokyo Olympics,” he said.
He however warned that he will not hesitate to remove any Caretaker Committee that works at cross purposes with the Federations aspirations.
“It is also important for the Caretaker Committees to know that your jobs terminate immediately after the Olympics as elections into the Federations will be guided by the constitutions and the Code of Governance All the Federations with qualifiers will get needed support. We don’t have all the money, but we have the commitment. Let us know what you need and we will support you all the way,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Board members of the 31 Sports Federations have totally rejected the arbitrary and untimely dissolution of the Boards of duly and democratically elected Federations.
In a press conference held in Abuja, the board members also condemned and rejected the establishment of caretaker committees over duly and democratically elected sports Federations whose tenures were yet to expire.
“The Board members of the 31 Sports Federations hereby give the minister a 48 hour- ultimatum within which he is to rescind and reverse all unlawful pronouncements he made over the dissolution of duly appointed Board members of Sports Federations or face appropriate reactions from the Federations,” said the representative of the Conference of Nigerian Sports Federations, Frederick Abah.
In the same vein, sports stakeholder, Gara Gombe has alleged the lust for power and greed to siphon Olympic funds is responsible for the dissolution carried out by the minister.
He further said the federations will go on protest and take legal actions if the 48-hour ultimatum is not met by the minister.