Olawale Ajimotokan

Graveyard silence ruled the National Sports Commission (NSC) on Tuesday as workers tethered on the edge following the redeployment of the Director General Alhassan Yakmut.

Yakmut who assumed duty as the NSC DG last year following the removal of Gbenga Elegbeleye has been asked to report at the Niger Delta Ministry as Director General (Special Services).

He is expected to report in his new capacity today upon his return from Brazil, where he was a member of the ministerial delegation that inspected the Games Village and associated facilities that will be deployed for the comfort of the Nigerian delegation to the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

The fear is that Yakmut’s removal will effectively put a nail on the coffin of the NSC, which many have seen as a drain pipe and a duplication of function, following the appointment of Christian Chiaa by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The merger of the youth and sports ministries was seen as a cost saving measure by the Buhari administration.

THISDAY checks however revealed that the Bureau of Public Procurement is currently investigating certain transactions by the NSC in relation to the last All Africa Games and also the failure to render account for the N2.9 billion Olympic Games preparation funds.

The failure to account for the funds is already unsettling Nigeria’s preparation for Rio 2016 as some of the sports listed for the Olympics have either failed to qualify for the Games or are stuttering with preparations arising from lack of funding to embark on training tours ahead of the Games.

The federal government approved the money now under investigation for the last All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville but has defiantly declined to release money for Rio 2016 because NSC officials were accused of not explaining how the money was expended with back up vouchers and receipts.

With the uncompromising stance of the BPP, Nigeria now risks a major humiliation in Rio on a greater scope than London 2012, where the country only made up the number with no medal to show.