Vice President Namadi Sambo
By Olawale Ajimotokan
A new vista was opened Thursday in the history of Nigerian football following the commissioning of a modern secretariat for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The edifice, tucked in the heart of the National Stadium Complex, Abuja is named Sunday Dankaro House.
Its opening by Vice President Namadi Sambo, will formally close the chapter on the ''Glasshouse'' in Wuse Zone 7, which since 1996, has been the headquarters of the Nigerian federation.
The edifice has 27 rooms and was built at the cost of N350m from the proceeds generated by the Presidential Task Force, led by Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
The PTF was set up in 2010 by late President Umar Yar' Adua, to help raise money for the national team and guide Nigeria through the qualifying phase of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The foundation was laid on February 21 2012, under the auspices of sports Minister Bolaji Abdulahi.
The cream coated house sits on two floors. It has a helipad, a courtyard, a pent house and a manicured park that can accommodate many vehicles.
Dankaro was the chairman of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) from 1974- 80. He left a legacy as it was under his administration that Nigeria won its first Africa Cup of Nations title, incidentally at home in 1980.
The secretariat has rooms and halls dedicated in honour of some administrators and players whose sterling contributions contributed towards the emergence of Nigeria as a global force in football.
The chairman's office is named after Oyo Orok Oyok, the first Nigerian executive member of CAF and FIFA.
There are also about four halls named after star players- Rashidi Yekini, Nwankwo Kanu, Stephen Keshi, Perpetual Nkwocha and Mudashiru Lawal.
The Integrated Tele Communications (ICT) room is named after the first captain of the national team, Dan Anyiam, while the archade that connects the first floor, is named after the agile goalkeeper Inua Rigogo.
A room is also dedicated in memory of Isaac Akioye for his administrative acumen.
Sambo, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, handed the keys to the offices to NFF President Aminu Maigari, and planted a commemorative tree.
He described the occasion as a significant milestone in administration of football in Nigeria.
While thanking PTF for its foresight, Sambo said the new secretariat will serve as a catalyst for better administration of the game in Nigeria.