In keeping in line with the Olympic Charter which stipulates a 4 year tenure for all sports federation boards, the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has dissolved 31 sports federations.
In a press conference, the minister represented by the director, federation elites and athletes department, Dr Simon Ebohjaiye said the tenure of the National Olympic Sports Federations in Nigeria have come to an end and there is a need for a transition from the old boards to the new ones.
“Having run a full Olympic cycle, the boards of the NSFs inaugurated on 21 June 2017 are hereby dissolved to pave way for fresh elections.
“In order to ensure continuity in the administration of the Federations, Caretaker Committees are hereby puy in place to manage the affairs of the federations until elections are conducted and the new boards inaugurated,” he said.
Dare further said the ministry has concluded to organise elections into the federations using the Code of Governance.
Meanwhile, the 31 federations boards have declared their sacking as illegal saying they have two more months to the end of their tenure.
In a chat with the former technical director of the AFN, Sunday Adeleye, the minister erred in his decision to sack the boards.
“We were inaugurated on June 21, 2017 which means our 4 year tenure is yet to elapse. You are aware that we have fixed our elections for June 14 and it will hold. All the 31 federations will meet on Tuesday and make our position on this illegality known,” he said.
Meanwhile, the factional president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olamide George has been appointed the chairman of the caretaker Committee of the federation.
Other presidents who are have been named chairmen of the caretaker Committee are Francis Orbih for Badminton Federation, Engr Musa Kida for Basketball Federation, Giandomenico Massari for cycling federation and Prof Yahaya Adam Ukwanya for cricket Federation.
Others are Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola for golf Federation, Samuel Ocheho for handball Federation, Rear Admiral Porbeni Festus for rowing, canoeing and yachting Federation and Mrs Margaret Binga for taekwondo federation.