Sports Minister Malam Bolaji Abdulahi
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Malam Bolaji Abdulahi, has disclosed that the commission would soon call for an election into the board of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF).
He also said that the commission would review the concessional arrangement signed with the Consolidated Management Consultants Limited (CMCL), which is the company saddled with the responsibility of running the NGF.
Abdulahi, who made this disclosure during the inauguration of the boards of the federations of the non-concessioned sports federations, said that the decision to review the concession was to ensure that democratic process in sports administration cuts across board and in compliance with extant regulations guiding sports management.
Last week, the Sports Ministry reconstituted the boards of the non-concession sports federations following a keenly fought electoral process.
''All those in charge of concession sports should begin to prepare themselves for elections as that is necessary as long as we intend to entrench democratic practices in the management of our sports. We are also reviewing the agreement signed with the concessionaires,'' Abdulahi said.
CMCL, owned by tax consultant, Otunba Olusola Adekanola, was appointed as the concessionaire in June 2009 for a renewable term of five years.
Golf, swimming and hockey are some of the sports on concession by government under the private and public partnership agreement.
But NGF appears stalled in the middle of the ocean having failed to build on an initial developmental programme that saw the National Junior Championship in Asaba in addition to Nigeria's participation at the British Junior Open and World Amateurs in Argentina.